Southwest Solar Adobe Classes, spring 2017

SWSA spring classes: Both are different than in preceding years. The first is a drafting class to be held in Albuquerque on Earth Day weekend, April 22/23. We can accept those interested in drafting for Adobe, Compressed Earth Block or Rammed Earth. It is special in that for the first time, SWSA will work with the 9 drafting students registered long before the April class date to help them develop their designs. The objective is to finish each student’s floor plan and four elevation drawings before class, delivering them on April 22. These critical 4 drawings are essential in meeting code for your plan set. This a class for those who are ready to get their drafting out of the trench and onto the road towards the building inspection dept. and a building permit. Expect to suffer a few brain cramps in the effort, but SWSA can help you with options, the code and what has to be on drawings. Needless to say, this type of class will require good communication twixt SWSA and each student, starting immediately after registration. If you’re in a seismic zone or will require an engineer’s stamp on your plan, consider that the engineer will ask for the same scaled four drawings, produced from our class, to be able to work with you.

The second class is three days in late May and takes advantage of the Memorial Day weekend for the third day. Dates are Saturday, Sunday and Monday, May 27, 28 and 29. The 3 days allows us to stage a combo Planning/Hands-on class for Adobe and Compressed Earth Block out here at our country field site. Students last year liked the idea of seeing and handling actual “adobe stuff”, tools and walls while doing their planning. It’s very handy to teach the planning inside our adobe classroom, then step outside to actually build some of the features discussed. Check out the detailed schedule at

Auroville Earth Institute Newsletter 11-2016

Auroville Earth Institute Newsletter 11-2016

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Auroville Earth Institute Newsletter 03-2016

Auroville Earth Institute Newsletter 03-2016

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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