Adobe Wall Construction (Online)
Jul
10
Aug 20

Adobe Wall Construction (Online)

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

Topic Overview: historical overview of different earthen wall construction techniques used worldwide, why adobe blocks make sense for owner builder earthen walls, overview of common adobe wall thicknesses, thermal storage and heat transmission properties of adobe walls - R-values and U-values, basic seismic considerations when building with adobe, constructing and setting up speed leads, mixing earthen mortar, applying mortar to the wall, correct block coursing, leveling and plumbing, cutting adobe blocks, constructing and installing anchor blocks and rough bucks, constructing and installing lintels, constructing and installing wood bond beams, scaffolding and high wall strategies, insulation techniques for adobe walls, basic overview of plumbing and electrical installation

 

Roofs for Adobe Structures (Online)
Aug
21
Oct 1

Roofs for Adobe Structures (Online)

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

Topic Overview: historical overview of roof types found on New Mexican adobe structures, helpful tools for roof installation, wall to bond beam attachment systems, ordering, sizing and installing vigas, roof beams and other roofing lumber, ceiling board installation and finishing, flat roofs - installation techniques and finishing, shed roofs - installation techniques and finishing, gable roofs – installation techniques and finishing, roof insulation techniques and installation, selecting and installing roof decking and metal roofing, importance of extended eaves for use of natural plasters, earthen roof alternatives (domes and vaults)

Interior and Exterior Plastering (Online)
Oct
2
Nov 12

Interior and Exterior Plastering (Online)

Credits: 3
Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
Fee: $300
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Description: 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 or lime/casein paints.

Topic Overview: historical overview of interior and exterior finishes for adobe structures in New Mexico, importance of respiratory and eye safety when preparing and mixing plasters and paints, overview of earthen plaster characteristics, helpful tools and materials for plastering, importance of work site and material organization for plaster work, window and door opening reinforcement, adobe wall preparation to facilitate maximum earthen plaster adhesion, locating and testing clay soil for earthen plasters, locating and testing aggregates for earthen and lime plasters, preparing lime putty, fiber (straw) preparation and chopping techniques, sifting and mixing soil and aggregates for earthen plasters, wheat paste production for strengthening earthen plasters, casein production for lime paints, natural exterior earthen plaster stabilization techniques (dung), hand application, techniques of earthen plasters (base coats, patching), hawk & trowel application of earthen and lime plasters (leveling and finish coats), basic earthen plaster ingredients and recipes, basic lime plaster ingredients and recipes, calculating surface area and materials needed, troubleshooting earthen and lime plasters (cracking, adhesion problems, etc.)

Floors for Adobe Structures (Online)
Nov
13
Dec 24

Floors for Adobe Structures (Online)

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

Topic Overview: historical overview of floor types found in New Mexican adobe structures, helpful tools for floor installation, poured earth, adobe block and rammed earth floors - installation techniques and finishes, brick on sand floors - installation techniques and finishes, suspended wood floors - installation techniques and finishes, radiant heat in floors - advantages and disadvantages, importance of mass floors for passive solar performance


Foundations for Adobe Structures (Online)
May
15
May 19

Foundations for Adobe Structures (Online)

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

Topic Overview: historical foundation types found in New Mexican adobe structures - their pros & cons, definition and importance of foundations in the context of earthen and adobe construction, overview of tools for foundation layout and installation, analysis of key foundation rules and regulations in the NM Earthen Building Materials Code, site selection recommendations, detailing recommendations for foundations for adobe structures - stem wall heights, moisture barriers, etc., building and foundation layout process - setting batter boards, finding corners, marking dig lines, low-impact foundation dig methods,
design and installation of 'concrete spread footing/CMU stem wall' foundation type,
design and installation of 'gravel/trench foundation with concrete grade beam' foundation type, insulation techniques for foundations, calculating materials for foundations, demonstration of the process of obtaining an alternative foundation permit in New Mexico

History & Basics of Adobe Construction (Online)
Apr
3
May 14

History & Basics of Adobe Construction (Online)

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

Topic Overview:

history of adobe architecture and construction in the Southwest of the USA and worldwide,
overview of alternative earthen wall building techniques past and present, overview of earthen home characteristics and why earth makes sense as a building material, overview of the main building components of an adobe house from foundation to roof, overview of the main adobe architectural styles found in New Mexico - their pros and cons, overview of basic tools needed for adobe construction, locating soil and aggregates for adobe construction,
performing and evaluating soil tests to determine soil suitability, making a 2-brick adobe form, making a soil screen, mixing soil for adobe blocks and mortar, producing and curing adobe blocks, transporting and storing adobe blocks, testing adobe blocks for strength and water resistance - field and lab tests, calculating adobe blocks and mortar needed for a project

 

New Mexico Adobe Building Permit Process (Online)
Feb
20
Apr 2

New Mexico Adobe Building Permit Process (Online)

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

Topic Overview:  general overview of all code-related vocabulary and definitions for adobe construction, allowable wall heights for adobe construction and other wall-specific topics,
classes of adobe, soil and block testing in the code, foundations and bond beams, lintel sizing for window and door openings, plastering and wall insulation, detailed overview of the New Mexico adobe permitting process, detailed overview of adobe building plan requirements and drawing process, detailed overview of adobe building plan submission process, detailed overview of adobe building inspection process