The TEG name was suggested by architect Joaquim Karcher of Taos during a founding TEG meeting there. Earthbuilders organized themselves beginning in 1994 to interface with the Construction Industry Division in Santa Fe as well as Home Building Associations. The code groups were made up of contractors, engineers, architects and trades folk who had expereince in Earthen Construction. Most of the early TEG members are still active. NM’s code is viewed as regionally important and earthbuilders from out of state often refer to it. Indeed, code jurisdictions from as far as Mexico City inquire at Santa Fe for guidance and some Arizona, Colorado and Texas jurisdictions use the NM code as a model from which to modify locally.