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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

Super Abode is only Earthquake resistant if it’s built correctly. Under any other circumstance, it’s a death trap. The foundation’s ability to wick water away from the structure and avoid capillary action is what makes that difference.M. A. Cocchini, Founder of Hope & Homes

1. FOUNDATION

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The people who planned the build should have already:

– Dug a hole to discover the depth of the subsoil.
– Marked off the foundation with strings and stakes based on the design.
– Provided you with tools, materials and basic directions.

Assuming that’s already done, the first thing you’ll want to do is de-grass and de-root the area and remove the piles grass and roots from the job site so they don’t mix with the soil you’ll get from digging the foundation.

The strings outlining your trench should be about 2 feet apart assuming you’re using 18-19” wide PP bags/tube, which will only be about 15″ wide (and 6″ tall) once filled with gravel or earth and tamped.

Dig a trench in between those strings about 2 feet wide and 3-5 feet deep depending on how deep you have to dig on your site to hit hard earth (subsoil).

Clay Soil: If the earth you dig out of the trench has clay in it, pile 80% of the earth you dig from the trench on the inside of the structure, where the rooms will be. We will use this pile of earth to raise the floor later. Put the other 20% on the outside of the trench to use to crown the walls later for water run off.

Any clay soil leftover after raising the floors and crowning the walls can be used to fill bags.

Sandy Soil: If the soil you dig from the trench has no clay in it and is sandy, you can still use it to raise the floors but you cannot use it to clown the walls or fill bags. So throw 100% of the sandy soil inside the structure for the floors.

Keep digging until you hit hard soil. The depth of the trench will vary depending on how deep the subsoil is or how rocky the earth is. We’ve heard in some areas people having to dig down as deep as several meters.

Do not stop digging if the soil is still soft. If you start building your structure before hitting subsoil you’re in for big problems later when the walls start to sink and resettle as you’re trying to level them. It could also result in a dangerous structure that may sink, collapse or land land during an earthquake.

If you have to dig deeper, don’t be annoyed. Just consider this as more earth you’ll have to level the floor and fill bags. It’s less digging you’ll have to do later.

If you can’t seem to hit subsoil no matter how deep you go, consider that the location might not be ideal for this type of construction technology in the first place.

ADDITIONAL CONTENT

SUB-STEPS

  • 360 Virtual Reality

    For most steps you will find 360 VR panoramas of Super Adobe structures in that state of development. These as extremely high resolution (14000 x 7000 pixels) HDR panoramas. Feel free to zoom in and out and all around.

  • 3D CAD Models

    Our 3D CAD models are Open Source and were built with love in SketchUp rather than AutoCAD, so that you can download them for free. By all means, play around, if you break it too bad just come download a fresh copy from our sight. Add on and improve the models and send them back to us. It’s it’s good will even update our site with the improved models. The artwork in the models were created using layers so you can turn on and off any parts of the models you want.

  • Straight Forward Text Content

    Each section has basic text explanations with advanced text drop-downs for additional information. Believe it or not, this was one of the hardest parts of building this tutorial. There’s so much information out there and it’s beginner, intermediate and advanced are often all lumped in together. We’ve done our best to sort that out.

  • Images Galleries

    Pictures from around the world of Super Adobe builds in that stage of construction. Feel free to share your builds with us via email and we will be happy to add them to the tutorial.

  • Video Tutorial

    Video tutorials explaining the technicalities and overview of each step.

  • Tools & Materials

    A list of reusable tools and consumed materials that’ll you’ll need for each step.

CHECK LIST

REUSABLE TOOLS


  • SHOVELS
  • PICKS
  • BUCKETS
  • HAMMERS
  • WHEEL BARREL
  • MEASURING TAPE

CONSUMED MATERIALS


  • RUBBLE
  • PVC PIPE
  • PLUMBING
  • STRING

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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