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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

3. Floors & Doors

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The floor should be 6” or so higher than the ground outside so water does not enter inside. The threshold of the doors should be another 6” or so higher than the floor for the same reason. So when walking into the house, you will step up about a foot into the doorway and then step down another half a foot onto the floor level of the structure. You can alway build a small concrete pad as a front porch later on if this is inconvenient.

Door Frames – On about the second layer of gravel bags, you will install the door frames. These can be made out of wood, metal or bamboo. Just make sure they are strong enough to hold the weight. The door height should be tall, all the way to the roof line (bond/tie beam, which we will discuss later). Do not make the door short to where you have to put bag layers on top of it. If the door frame will not stand on its own, you can brace it on each end with metal, wood or bamboo. As the wall grows taller with each course you add, you will nail the door frame into the courses and these braces will be able to be removed.

ADDITIONAL CONTENT

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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
  • SLIDERS
  • TAMPERS
  • PICKS
  • BUCKETS
  • BUBBLE LEVEL
  • HAMMERS
  • PLIERS
  • WIRE CUTTERS
  • GLOVES
  • WHEEL BARREL
  • WATER LEVEL
  • MEASURING TAPE
  • SEWING MACHINE
  • METAL PIPE
  • SCISSORS
  • KNIFE
  • SAW

CONSUMED MATERIALS


  • EARTH
  • SAND
  • GRAVEL/RUBBLE
  • 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

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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