YOU BUY. WE BUILD.

HOPE THROUGH EMPLOYMENT

EMPOWERMENT TO REBUILD

Deep in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepali Earthquake Victims Handcraft Unique Jewelry, Fabrics & Spices from Natural Materials. We give them Hope Through Employment & Empowerment to Rebuild. This means We Do Not Accept Donations. When you Buy Our Products, you Buy Their Products, giving the Artisan a Job, you a Stunning Handmade Piece of Art and us the Opportunity to Build Earthquake Resistant Schools, Homes & Medical Clinics and Teach These Natural Building Techniques across Villages in Nepal, India, Africa & Central America. That’s What We Do. That’s Why We Do It. For Hope & Homes.

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SUPER ADOBE

To an ant a toothpick is unbreakable. To a human a tree is unbreakable. To an earthquake, a tree is a toothpick. It’s simply a mater of scale. There is no human made structure strong enough to withstand the forces of an earthquake unless it’s designed to move with the earth itself. In our attempts to rebuild a post earthquake Nepal we must not let slip the primary lesson learned: rigidity is not strength, in an earthquake flexibility is.M. A. Cocchini, Founder of Hope & Homes

INTRODUCTION

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Theoretically, SuperAdobe building is easy:

– Dig a trench in the outline of the walls and fill it with rocks.
– Fill bags with earth and stack them like bricks along the rocky trench.
– Compact and level each layer of bag adding barbed wire as you go.
– Add windows and doors.
– Plaster the walls to protect them from the sun.
– Add a roof and you’re done.

In reality though, building a SuperAdobe home is a bit more involved than that. But we’ve got you covered with this step-by-step tutorial. SuperAdobe Technology is constantly evolving and so is this tutorial. If you have a way to make it better please shoot us a message.

We believe that education is a 100% process. If the teacher only puts in 10% effort then the student has to put in 90% effort to learn. Our goal at Hope & Homes is to teach natural building in an immersive way that helps the student truly understand the concepts in much less time and with. We’ve tried our best to put in that 90% teaching effort so that you can get to 100% understanding with only 10% effort. We accomplish this by appealing to each of the 7 learning styles with various kinds of media. For each step of the building process you will find:

ADDITIONAL CONTENT

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TERMS

  • SUB-SOIL

    Sub-soil refers to the harder compacted earth under the softer top layer of earth. You have to dig down through the softer earth until you hit the sub-soil when your are digging a trench to build a foundation for a structure.

  • RUBBLE

    Rubble refers to large rocks 3-5 inch usually, or about the size of an apple. It’s basically the same thing as gravel, only bigger. Gravel would be about half inch to an inch, or about the size of a grape or a little bigger.

  • FRENCH DRAIN

    A French Drain is a simple idea where you put a bunch of rocks (rubble) in a trench you dug. The water fills the space between the rocks as it runs through the trench. You can also use a pipe with holes in it buried in the rubble if the weight above it won’t crush the pipe.

  • FILTER FABRIC

    Filter Fabric is sometimes used in a french drain to line the trench with before you put in rubble. Over time, as your french drain fills and empties, dirt and sediment move with it and can clog the drain by filling the space between the rocks where the water normally flows. Filter fabric attempts to stop that from happening. This step is optional.

  • COURSE

    A course is a filled layer of bag or tube. After you fill the bag or tube with earth or gravel and you stack it in place on the wall all the way around and tamp and level it, that new layer is now called a “course”.

CHECK LIST


Maybe you’ve heard that all you need are bags and barbed wire to build a SuperAdobe house? Maybe you’ve been told you can build a house for $200 USD? That’s not exactly the case. Here’s a quick overview of the SuperAdobe process, highlighting the tools you’ll use, supplies you’ll need and some common terms you’ll hear on the job site.

The main difference between materials and tools is that materials are usually consumed in the process (like bags and barbed wire that become the walls), while tools can be reused on your next job or resold after the building is complete.

REUSABLE TOOLS


  • SHOVELS
  • SLIDERS
  • TAMPERS
  • PICKS
  • BUCKETS
  • BUBBLE LEVEL
  • HAMMERS
  • PLIERS
  • WIRE CUTTERS
  • GLOVES
  • WHEEL BARREL
  • WATER LEVEL
  • MEASURING TAPE
  • SEWING MACHINE
  • METAL PIPE
  • SCISSORS
  • KNIFE
  • SAW
  • Shovel SHOVEL
  • Sliders SLIDERS
  • Tamper TAMPER
  • Pick PICK
  • Bucket BUCKETS
  • Bubble Level BUBBLE LEVEL
  • Hammer HAMMER
  • Pliers PLIERS
  • Wire Cutters WIRE CUTTERS
  • Gloves GLOVES
  • Water Level WATER LEVEL
  • Measuring Tape MEASURING TAPE
  • Sowing Machine SEWING MACHINE
  • Metal Pipe METAL PIPE
  • Scissors SCISSORS
  • Knife KNIFE
  • Saw SAW

CONSUMED MATERIALS


  • EARTH
  • SAND
  • GRAVEL/RUBBLE
  • PVC PIPE
  • CEMENT
  • POLY PRO BAGS/TUBES
  • BARBED WIRE
  • GALVANIZED WIRE
  • STEEL MESH
  • STEEL REBAR
  • METAL/WOOD/BAMBOO
  • ROOFING
  • METAL FLASHING
  • ELECTRICAL
  • PLUMBING
  • NEEDLE & THREAD
  • NAILS/SCREWS
  • STRING
  • PVC Pipes PVC PIPE
  • Cement CEMENT
  • Poly Pro Tube POLY PRO BAGS/TUBES
  • Barbed Wire BARBED WIRE
  • Galvanized Wire GALVANIZED WIRE
  • Steel Mesh STEEL MESH
  • Wood Beam WOOD BEAM
  • Roofing ROOFING
  • Metal Flashing METAL FLASHING
  • Nails/Screws NAILS

GALLERY

YOU BUY. WE BUILD.

HOPE THROUGH EMPLOYMENT

EMPOWERMENT TO REBUILD

Deep in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepali Earthquake Victims Handcraft Unique Jewelry, Fabrics & Spices from Natural Materials. We give them Hope Through Employment & Empowerment to Rebuild. This means We Do Not Accept Donations. When you Buy Our Products, you Buy Their Products, giving the Artisan a Job, you a Stunning Handmade Piece of Art and us the Opportunity to Build Earthquake Resistant Schools, Homes & Medical Clinics and Teach These Natural Building Techniques across Villages in Nepal, India, Africa & Central America. That’s What We Do. That’s Why We Do It. For Hope & Homes.

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