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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

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

5. WINDOW FRAMES

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Once the gravel courses are done, and the stem wall in a few feet high, you can install the window frames, similar to how you did the door frame. If the wall is still is too low to start windows you can install them later as well. The window frames should also be tall enough to go all the way to the roof line (bond/tie beam). No Super Adobe courses should be placed on top of the window frames. This arguably puts too much stress on the windows. It’s better to play it safe and make them tall enough to reach the roof line.

Finish the next few courses between the door and window frames using your Super Adobe mix (either 100% Earth or sand/cement mix). Continue until you get to the top of the window and door frames. Hammer steel down through the top wall into the mid wall, over lapping the low steel bars about a foot. Leave the tops of the steel rebar sticking out to tie into the bond beam and roof. The last course can be mixed more heavily with cement if you want. Above the window and door boxes you have 1 of 2 options: Another heavy cement course (Cheap) or a steel reinforced solid concrete beam that is continuous around the structure (Expensive but strong). Basically you make a wooden box mold just above the top course, insert a steel frame and fill it with 100% concrete. This is called a “tie beam” or a “bond beam” because it ties or bonds the entire structure together. This can dry in 24 hours but take up to 30 days to cure. Don’t rush it. You can also “water” it daily to make it cure more slowly, which arguably makes it stronger. If you can fit it into the budget, definitely do a bond beam.

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
  • 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

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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