The Adobe in Action Certificate in Adobe Construction


Our adobe certificate classes focus on new construction and promote the continued qualification of adobe craftspeople through theoretical and practical coursework. To reach a wide range of students, our classes are offered as a blend of online and live instruction and synchronize with ongoing Adobe in Action owner builder projects. A certificate of completion is presented for each class successfully completed. Upon completion of all 8 classes (a total of 24 credits), the student is presented with a final Adobe in Action Certificate in Adobe Construction. We strive to align our classes with existing academic and professional earthbuilding institutions to contribute to a nationally recognized certification in adobe construction.


Passive Solar Adobe Design

Credits: 3
Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Fee: $300

 

This course covers the fundamentals of designing and building a passive solar adobe home. We combine the natural power of the sun with the thermal storage capacity of adobe to create a comfortable living space. Reduced heating and cooling costs are the result.

 

New Mexico Adobe Building Permit Process

Credits: 3
Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Fee: $300

 

This course covers the process of applying for a permit to build with adobe in New Mexico. We use the New Mexico Earthen Materials Building Code as a guide to correct design and building procedures. The New Mexico Earthen Building Materials Code is respected around the world. The NM code can often be used as a guide to ensure that quality adobe construction practices are followed regardless of your location. 

 

History & Basics of Adobe Construction

Credits: 3
Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Fee: $300

 

This course focuses on the fundamentals of making your own adobe blocks - a great way to learn the basics of adobe construction. We begin with a historical overview of adobe architecture in the Southwest of the USA. We cover soil selection & testing, block production, transport and storage. We also look at alternative earthen building traditions and techniques used around the world and why adobe makes sense for the owner builder.

 

Foundations for Adobe Structures

Credits: 3
Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Fee: $300

 

This course covers the fundamentals of designing and installing foundations for adobe structures. We define key design and building procedures of a conventional foundation that passes code in New Mexico. We also look at a lower-cost alternative foundation design that can be used when an engineer's approval is obtained.

 

Adobe Wall Construction

Credits: 3
Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Fee: $300
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This course covers the fundamentals of building earthen walls using adobe blocks. We begin the wallbuilding process by laying a first course of adobes onto the foundation wall. We continue course by course to the top of the wall ending with the installation of a wood bond beam. We work through all wall-related sections of the current New Mexico Earthen Building Materials Code. We define key concepts and correct building procedures of a typical load-bearing adobe block wall. We also examine different methods of installing window and door openings into the wall.


Roofs for Adobe Structures

Credits: 3
Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Fee: $300
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This course covers the fundamentals of designing and installing roofs on adobe structures. We focus on owner builder shed and gable roofs with extended eaves. These roof types offer excellent protection to the adobe wall below and enable the use of exterior natural plasters.

 

Interior and Exterior Plastering

Credits: 3
Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Fee: $300

 

This course covers the fundamentals of finishing interior and exterior adobe block walls with natural plasters and paints. We focus on mixing and applying earthen plasters, lime plasters and clay & lime/casein paints.

 

Floors for Adobe Structures

Credits: 3
Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Fee: $300

 

This course covers the fundamentals of installing common floor types used in adobe structures in New Mexico. We focus on high-mass floors which work well in passive solar adobe structures. We place a special emphasis on earthen floors.