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Pressed block Machine For Sale

Anyone looking for a pressed block machine I have a ACET MC-3500 for sale have only made 51,000 block-retireing want to sell-Thanks John Webb  505-369-9303

TEG Tour – Mesilla, NM

Photos by David Shaw

TEG Tour Jan. 2013 - Mesilla, NM  Latillas to be placed in home Circa 1850

TEG Tour Jan. 2013 – Mesilla, NM Latillas to be placed in home Circa 1850


TEG Tour Jan 2013 - Mesilla, NM  Home restored by Eric Liefeld & friends

TEG Tour Jan 2013 – Mesilla, NM Home restored by Eric Liefeld & friends


TEG Tour Jan. 2013 Mesilla, NM

TEG Tour Jan. 2013 Mesilla, NM


TEG Tour Jan. 2013 Mesilla, NM

TEG Tour Jan. 2013 Mesilla, NM


TEG Tour Jan. 2013 - Fireplace located in adobe home Circa 1850

TEG Tour Jan. 2013 – Fireplace located in adobe home Circa 1850


TEG Tour Jan. 2013  One of the oldest structures in Mesilla, NM circa 1850

TEG Tour Jan. 2013 One of the oldest structures in Mesilla, NM circa 1850


TEG Tour Jan 2013 Mesilla, NM Gregg Henry describing his Adobe Home

TEG Tour Jan 2013 Mesilla, NM Gregg Henry describing his Adobe Home made with 10,000 on site adobes. Photos by David Shaw


Earth USA 2013 – Date set

About Earth USA 2013 Earth USA 2013 is the Seventh International Conference on Architecture and Construction with Earthen Materials initiated by Earth USA. The conference organizer is Adobe in Action. The conference will take place October 4, 5 and 6, 2013 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. The conference is being held at the New Mexico Museum of Art in the St. Francis Auditorium (107 West Palace Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87501). Earth USA 2013 indicates a wider field of interest than previous conferences and will include adobe, rammed earth, compressed earth block (CEB) and monolithic adobe (cob). Any material or method that uses clay as a binder is considered. Earth USA 2013 Activities Two and a half days of podium presentations and poster sessions on topics related to the current state of architecture and construction with earthen materials. A two-day trade fair which will coincide with the first two presentation days of the conference – Friday and Saturday, October 4 & 5, 2013. Tours to local earthbuilding sites in and around Santa Fe, New Mexico on Monday, Oct. 7, 2013. Pre-conference earthbuilding workshops are being planned throughout the month of September 2013 by various organizations. Additional post-conference workshops will be held after the conference throughout the month of October 2013. Earth USA 2013 – Call for Papers Earth USA 2013 is now accepting abstract submissions for conference presentations. Presenters will have 20 minutes for presentation including time to answer questions. Time limits will be carefully monitored. Paper Subject Categories: Historic buildings and cities including their stabilization, preservation and conservation Social and cultural elements fostered by earthen building practices and traditions Construction methods Education and information transfer including codes, norms and regulations Physical and thermal properties of materials and structures including seismic, flood and storm resistance Passive solar heating and cooling of earthen buildings Earthen structures in commerce, industry, agriculture and energy production. New architecture and construction projects including renovation, modernization and re-purposing of existing buildings Please visit our call for papers page to submit an abstract for Earth USA 2013. Submit your abstract no later than April 14, 2013. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding the abstract submission process or other concerns. Sincerely, The Earth USA 2013 Organizing Team –

Photos of the Bernalillo Historic Tour of Adobe Structures

Visit Photographer, David Shaw’s site for a glimpse of the TEG Tour held on August 17, 2012

Friends of the Taylor Family Mounument Birthday Salute

Sunday, August 26, 2012 a Celebration of J. Paul Taylor’s 92nd birthday will be held in Las Cruces.  The Friends of the Taylor Family Monument will host the event at the Hotel Encanto del Las Cruces from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  Music by the classical Latino group La Catrina String Quartet.  The event is in support of the continued efforts to establish Mr. Taylor’s adobe home as a State of New Mexico Historical center in Mesilla, NM.  RSVP

TEG Walking Tour- Bernalillo, NM August 17, 2012

Earthen Mosque in Africa

Just wanted to pass along this New York Times article on an earthen mosque in Africa – submitted by Irene Loy

TEG Tour of Homes, Mesilla, NM Nov. 12, 2011

TEG Tour of Soledad Canyon Earth Builders Home

A Message from Adobe in Action

November 29, 2011

Greetings friends!

We at Adobe in Action want to take a few moments to update everyone about our organizational year and expectations for 2012.

Education 2012:

First an introduction is in order. I’m writing this letter in collaboration with Adobe in Action’s new Director of Education, Kurt Gardella. Everyone associated with our organization is extraordinarily excited that Kurt has joined us.

Kurt holds a Certificate in Adobe Construction from Northern New Mexico College and is certified as a Specialist for Building with Earth by the Dachverband Lehm (German Association for Building with Earth) and the Handwerkskammer Ulm (Ulm Chamber of Trades and Crafts). Kurt has been an instructor at Northern New Mexico College since 2006 and was also the college’s Adobe Construction Program Coordinator last year.

Kurt is presently organizing a series of adobe construction courses (both on-line and live instruction) that are slated to begin in January 2012. These classes are a mix of the theoretical and practical aspects of adobe construction. Some classes will synchronize with on-going Adobe in Action builds and others, like “Passive Solar Adobe Design,” will highlight the benefits inherent in our proposed building methods. Passive solar adobe is a natural fit for the Southwest and is especially important for the success of sustainable low-income housing. By paying attention to simple layout and design principles – e.g. placing larger window openings on the south side of the building for maximum heat gain and using the great thermal mass of adobe to store that heat – winter heating bills are minimized. As an added bonus, a properly designed passive solar adobe also stays naturally cool in the summer, eliminating the need for energy intensive and expensive air-conditioning.

2011 Adobe in Action Summary:

We have also gained some significant organizational traction in other areas during 2011. We completed our application with the federal government to receive tax-free status otherwise known as 501(c)(3). Receiving this designation from the federal government can be a lengthy process and until it is complete we continue to be affiliated as a fiscal sponsor project with the New Mexico Community Foundation. Through this relationship all donations to our organization are fully tax deductible.

Adobe in Action was also involved this year as the organizing entity for the 2011 International Earth USA Conference which took place in Albuquerque, NM. This academic conference allowed twenty speakers from fourteen countries to present papers on a wide range of topics pertinent to earthen construction. It has also led to some meaningful collaboration with other New Mexico based organizations including Cornerstones and The Earthbuilders’ Guild. We hope to expand upon these relationships with some proposed activity in the New Year.

Finally though, the crux of our effort as an organization continues to be the community development work occurring with the Lujan-Olsen family in Espanola, NM. We have focused on developing relationships with local schools, civic organizations, and churches to galvanize volunteers and train them to produce adobe bricks, the elemental unit in building an adobe home. We are proud to report that hundreds of dedicated volunteers and students from over twenty distinct groups have now produced over 6,000 adobes, enough to build our first home. This work was recently recognized by the Climate Change Leadership Institute for mitigating the environmental impact from home-building activities. Our organization was humbled to receive their 2011 Conservation Quest Champion Award for our work in the community.

Ways to Participate:

So while we feel good about our activity from this past year we know there is much to do in 2012. We now begin the signature task as it relates to our mission in the community, building our first passive solar adobe home. Putting the pieces together to complete this project and continuing to disseminate our message – affordable and sustainable housing – is our focus for the year. For this we need your help.

As a planet we continue to struggle with a pervasive problem: How do we manage increased population and at the same time begin to allay the environmental impact of new construction? Our answer: to build with local, readily available, and culturally meaningful materials which leave a smaller carbon footprint and are considerably more sustainable relative to conventional construction methods.

We believe that our organization makes a positive impact in the community where we work by promoting a culturally relevant and environmentally friendly building material. We utilize volunteers and students who coalesce from different backgrounds and educational levels to commit to work on something from which they derive no direct benefit.

By making a donation to our organization you can be assured that your gift will be used to support the fight against two imperiling issues: inadequate housing and environmental degradation. Any financial gift is fully tax deductible and donations go directly to the development of our educational program, organizational capacity building, and volunteer support.

We encourage you to visit our Adobe in Action website for a more comprehensive look at how we engage the local community and how you can help…whether you live in northern New Mexico or thousands of miles a way. If you like what you see, tell a friend.

Adobe in Action is dedicated to transforming communities…one brick at a time. We wish you a contented and joy-filled holiday season and appreciate your consideration of this letter.

Best regards,

Mike Lopach
Executive Director
Adobe in Action

Kurt Gardella
Director of Education
Adobe in Action

TEG meets with CID Bureau Chief

A working meeting with Fermin Aragon, CID Bureau Chief. Also in attendance, Pat Bellestri-Martinez.  Reviewing Rammed Earth Code changes – July 8, 2011

Joe Tibbets, TEG Board Member & Fermin Aragon, CID Bureau Chief