Adobe Homes for All Climates

Adobe Homes for All Climates

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The lay-up of adobe bricks is an easy, forgiving way to achieve a solid masonry-wall system. Contrary to stereotypes, adobe is perfectly adaptable for use in cold, wet climates as well as hot and dry ones, and for areas prone to earthquakes. With its efficient use of energy, natural resources for construction, and minimal effort for long-term maintenance, ita€™s clear that the humble adobe brick is an ideal option for constructing eco-friendly structures throughout the world. The book is ideal both for first-time do-it-yourselfers and for experienced adobe builders seeking to improve their craft. Drawing on the experience of more than fifty major adobe projects since 1993, Adobe Homes for All Climates describes Adobe Building Systemsa€™ patented reinforcement and scaffolding systems, showing readers how to construct adobe homes more easily and safely, and with superior strength, durability, structural integrity, and aesthetic appeal, as compared to earthen homes of the past. All aspects of adobe construction are covered, including making and laying adobe bricks, installing lintels and arches, conduits and pipes, doors and windows, top plates and bondbeams, ideal wall dimensions, adobe finishes, and other adobe construction components, such as the inexpensive use of scaffolding. These methods will produce a premium product that will meet and often exceed inspection standards. Equipped with this manual, you will be able to obtain a building permit, make adobe bricks swiftly, and confidently lay them up. You will be able to beautifully finish your adobe walls with earth plasters creating stunning colors and outstanding light effects and create a beautiful, energy-efficient home that will last for generations to come.The woman who asked me this was gracious, warm, and deliberately provocative , posing exactly the question that her radio ... An adobe home in Santa Barbara is the most comfortable Ia#39;ve ever known, and built to the most demanding seismic ... really means clay-based construction), and catalogued the properties that any designer needs to design with confidence. ... anywherea€”and where the climate is a bit extreme, add a layer of insulation and youa#39;ll be as comfortable as can be.

Title:Adobe Homes for All Climates
Author:Lisa Schroder, Vince Ogletree
Publisher:Chelsea Green Publishing - 2010-09-06


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