The following organizations are involved in some way with earth building.  They may be useful to you as you research adobe, rammed earth or compressed earth block construction, preservation or history.

Mesilla Valley Preservation – Las Cruces, New Mexico

Cornerstones – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Adobe in Action – Santa Fe, New Mexico

Cob Research Institute – Berkeley, California

We are providing the following resources in one place for your convenience.  Again, there are many resources; these are particularly good, reliable and important resources. 

Yahoo Adobe Group 

NCPTT Curriculum & Certification for Adobe Professionals

NMSEA – Passive Solar Design Guidelines for Northern New Mexico

Secretary of Interior Standards for Historic Preservation 

New Mexico Housing Glossary – Soledad Canyon Earth Builders

Building with earth – Consumer Information by Hannah Schreckenbach of Germany

Uni-Terra – Uni-terra is a networking platform for the global exchange of information, experience and know-how in earth architecture and building with earth at an academic level.

The following Codes Information is for Reference Purposes Only.  It is a continual work in progress.  If you are aware of updates or corrections we would welcome the information.  (send to

You must always check with the local jurisdiction for current and accurate Code information.

State Building Code Summary

2009 New Mexico Energy Conservation Code

2009 New Mexico Earthen Building Materials Code 

Santa Fe City Green Building Codes 

Sustainable Santa Fe – Residential Green Building Code Checklist

New Mexico Historic Earthen Codes

The Performance of Adobe and other Thermal Mass Materials in Residential Buildings 

Indoor vs. Ambient temp. concrete, adobe, ceb study, SW Texas J.College 2004 Morony

Studies from the New Mexico Energy Research and Development Institute
New Mexico Institute of Mining & Technology  Socorro, NM

U-Values for Opaque Wall Sections, Glazing and Passive Solar Wall Types

The Effect of Envelope Thermal Mass on the Heating Energy Use of Eight Test Buildings in a High Desert Climate

Observation and Prediction of the Heating Season Thermal Mass Effect for Eight Test Buildings With and Without Windows

Additional Studies