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

7. MESH & PLASTER

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Now that the walls are built, you have to cover them to protect them from the UV rays of the sun. This “catch 22” of a step to me is the fatal flaw of Super Adobe. It can raise the price and time of the build significantly. Proceed with financial caution. There are also the arguments that using chicken wire with rust and corrode so you have to use galvanized mesh instead. But that raises the cost and depending on the quality, may also rust. Then there is a plastic mesh, but it is the most expensive option. As you built the wall, you could have also laid wire through the course to pin the wire you if you want. This arguably increases the shear strength of the structure 7 times but again raises the cost.

It’s hard to say that the mesh is optional, but I’ve seen people build without it. They render/plater directly to the bag walls, but it often doesn’t stick well, especially if the bags are laminated. They sometimes use speckled cement on the bags to give it a tooth and then render with a mud/hay/dung/lime mix, but this again adds cost and may be weaker than using mesh. Also, this mix has to be maintained in the future, whereas a render mix with heavier cement will last longer, but again is more expensive. There’s are other types of construction called Hyper Adobe and Rammer Earth that don’t have this step. Each technique has it’s pros and cons. Super Adobe seems to be a happy medium in price and strength between Hyper Adobe and Rammer Earth for the time being.

Whatever you decide, you usually do 3 layers of render/plaster. The first layer is under the mesh to fill in the gaps between the course. That is why we don’t side tamp the walls flat. The rounded gaps give the render coat a tooth to stick to. Then the mesh goes on and the next 2-3 layers of render/plaster go over the mesh. You can leave the final coat rustic looking or smooth. Once it cures you can seal/paint it.

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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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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