Format: Online (6 Weeks)
Workload: 6-8 hours/week
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