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

 

Foundations for Adobe Structures (Online)
May
15
Jun 25

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


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