Build with Adobe

Reader Contribution by Troy Griepentrog

<p>For the next several weeks, I plan to blog about a variety of green and natural building methods. Each will include a short summary of the method, plus links for those who are interested in learning more.</p>
<p>Building with adobe is roughly equivalent to building with brick or cinder blocks, but adobe ‘bricks’ can be made yourself. Adobe is basically a mixture of clay (the glue holding everything together), sand, straw (or other fibrous material) and water. When you think of a sand castle, sand doesn’t seem like a strong building material. But there is more sand than clay in adobe.</p>
<p>Take a look at these articles from <em>Mother</em>
<em>Earth News</em>:</p>
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<a href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/green-home-building/1981-03-01/the-owner-built-adobe-house”>The Owner-Built Adobe House</a>
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<a href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/1981-05-01/the-owner-built-adobe-house”>Putting up Adobe Walls</a>
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<a href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/2002-04-01/building-with-earth”>Building with Earth</a>
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<p>These are also informative sites:</p>
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<a href=”http://www.greenhomebuilding.com/adobe.htm” target=”_blank”>www.greenhomebuilding.com/adobe.htm</a>
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<a href=”http://www.adobealliance.org/” target=”_blank”>www.adobealliance.org</a>
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<a href=”http://www.adobebuilder.com/” target=”_blank”>www.adobebuilder.com</a>
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<p>And a very nice video on the process of building a small adobe house:</p>
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