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Southwest Solar Adobe Spring classes 2016

Three SWSA classes are scheduled this spring- all on weekends. Here are the topics, places and dates: The Planning Class for Adobe and Pressed Earth Block will be held in Albuquerque April 16/17. The Hands-on Class for Adobe and Pressed Earth Block will take place in Socorro County (35 miles south of Albuquerque) on May 14/15. A Drafting Class for Adobe, Pressed Earth Block and Rammed Earth will also be held in Albuquerque May 28/29. These are posted at We still hope to schedule a Count Rumford fireplace class in 2016, but that depends on the builder’s construction start date, as yet undetermined. In the meantime, we are happy to add you to our interested list.

Adobe Houses: The Face of New Mexico

Adobe Houses: The Face of New Mexico

Auditorio Museo Petstar,an earth construction LEED PLATINUM certified

Earth Lab is a company that integrates sustainability in urban and architectonic design and construction, promotes earth building and green certifications.
During 12 years we have been designing and building with rammed earth, along with other ecological, reused and recycled materials, as well as alternative techniques and natural energy efficient systems in our quest for sustainability of our projects and occupants and users wellbeing.

The Earth Lab certification company took the lead for the LEED certification process and managed to build an 100% walls earthen construction.

By July 2015 The Auditorium-Museum PetStar received from the U.S. Green Building Council the LEED BD+C New Construction v3- LEED 2009, PLATINUM Certification. The maximum LEED level of certification a project can achieve becoming the 10th LEED NC PLATINUM project in Mexico and the 1st Museum in Latin America with this type and level of certification.
As an Auditorium-Museum is the world’s 1st of its class, and although not confirmed, most likely the first ever earth based building to be certified.

The Owner commitment and Team involvement made possible a beautiful earthen construction that is both sustainable and comfortable, with a certain magic one can experience wile inside this space.

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Fall Adobe Classes SFCC

Dates: October 8 to 12, 2015 (4 full days) + 4 weeks of online work
Meeting time: 9am to 4pm on each of the 4 days
Location: Trades and Applied Technology 820
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

Dates: October 19 to December 12, 2015 (8 -week online course)
Location: online
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

Earth USA Conference Early-bird Registration

Earth USA Conference 2015 organizer Adobe in Action has extended the early-bird registration discount for October’s conference until August 31st.  The 31st is only a few days away, so take advantage while you can!  Earth USA 2015 is the Eighth International Conference on Architecture and Construction with Earthen Materials, taking place October 2 thru 4 in Santa Fe, NM, USA.

Here is the direct link for registration:

Earthen Construction in Spain

Here are some pictures showing earthen construction in Spain. The first picture shows what the building looks like from the front and what the rear looks like.  The third picture just shows a  combination of adobe and brick.  These pictures are from Arevalo Spain where Queen Isabela lived as a teenager.  Aravelo is also known for it’s Moorish art.  Taken by TEG member, Ernest Aragon.  

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San Miguel Castle

These pics are from San Miguel castle in almunecar Spain showing rammed earth in the construction of the mezquite. Taken by TEG member Ernest Aragon. 

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Earth Block Texas Project in Fredericksburg

Attached for your enjoyment, a couple of shots of the current Earth Block Texas project in Fredericksburg.

Earthen walls, roof, floor and interior plaster.  We’re getting there!


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Code Committee Update

Letter from Board Chair Sean Kaltenbach in response to the overwhelming response of the Compressed Earth Block industry:

FANTASTIC ENERGY !!!!!!! Great to hear from everybody. Thank you Susan Jerome for getting the CEB group rolling and for hopefully keeping it running. All this response from CEB for code committee work is what TEG has been waiting for. I believe it’s clearly evident we have our CEB component. I’d like to suggest that not only do we have a code committee but we have a CEB committee.   The time is now !!!!!!

Anne Galer is heading up the Code Committee as direct representative to CID; that means developing a clean consistent format in which TEG presents, represents, listens, responds, submits, and interacts, and follows up with CID ( I believe the key is being consistent). Working off a long term relationship that Joe Tibbets has nurtured and maintained with Fermin and CID, I believe Anne with the help of Claude Hayward is well underway in continuing and further developing that consistent quality interface/relationship. 

The foremost goal of the Code Committee itself is to develop out the Earthen Building codes, but with all the great response from CEB it seems, again, it’s clear, we have a CEB Component which brings so much more to the table.

It’s exciting to see the CEB emails and I do not want to constrict the CEB energy in any way. I believe we have some non TEG members commenting. Please Join TEG !!!!! but even more important, right now don’t stop the conversations, better yet bring a CEB friend and Join later !!!!!

Again I’m suggesting that as the quality conversations continue (and hopefully membership grows), and with the approval of the Board, a CEB committee be formed. 

Where’s University of Oklahoma, let’s get them conversing with us ????

My thought is that within the CEB Committee:
Code specific material be developed out and presented to Code Committee;
Education specific material be developed out and presented to Education Committee;
Certification specific material be developed out and presented to the Certification Committee.

(any member has an opportunity to join the committees, (as Chair I would ask/suggest that you have and maintain active participation not only in the committee itself but TEG as well) and CEB experts, we do need you on these committees)

The CEB experts have gathered and are talking and all the above needs their blessings and TEG needs their memberships . I can only hope that TEG given the opportunity can represent the CEB industry as well as it has the adobe and rammed earth so far. And as Chair that is my commitment to CEB.

TEG needs CEB, TEG need the CEB experts, TEG needs an opportunity to serve the needs of CEB.

Susan Jerome of Mule Creek has reached out, I have commended her and have asked her to continue to move forward without reserve.

One final note, TEG represents the industry; it is no one person. We all have contributing ideas, and we all have personal opinions. Some are better than others but it’s our responsibility as TEG members, to the industry and each other, to acknowledge and work thru them. As a united group with respect and consideration for each other, we truly have an opportunity to serve! 
 Also a reminder, our CEB efforts should be to gather and to organize.

 EARTH USA 2015 is coming !!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Sean Kaltenbach
President, General Contractor
New Mexico Earth Works, LLC.
Santa Fe and Las Cruces, New Mexico