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About The Earthbuilders' Guild

TEG’s mission is to promote, preserve and expand the building methods of adobe, rammed earth, and compressed earth block construction.  Our organization is dedicated to the betterment and advancement of earthen construction of homes and commercial buildings, including the preservation and restoration of existing buildings.


The commitment of people in this industry stretches across family traditions, community heritage, meaningful work, environmental concerns, and the joy of working with the earth.  We want to ensure that we continue to make history through our building processes while improving them to create safe, comfortable, long-lasting structures.


Energy Code Training

Sustainable Education for Advanced Buildings (SEAB) – Energy Conservation Code Training for Professionals

The New Mexico Energy, Minerals Natural Resources Department (EMNRD) is offering free trainings for building professionals seeking to learn more about the new 2021 New Mexico Residential Energy Conservation Code, which will come into effect on July 30th, 2024.  TEG is pleased to see the inclusion of training on the passive solar option for earthen construction in the course offerings.  The training is free, online, and will be offered twice:

Class: 2021 NMRECC (IECC) Residential Total U-factor Table R402.1.2 option, Earthen Building Systems, and Passive Solar

Date and Time: Friday, May 3, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (MST)
Date and Time: Wednesday, May 15, 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (MST)

To sign up for any of the Sustainable Education for Advanced Buildings (SEAB) trainings, visit:

To view the 2021 Energy Code in its entirety, visit:

TEG Tour - Sunday, May 19, 2024

Join us!  The Earthbuilders' Guild will be touring TEG Member, Judd Singer's rammed earth projects in Las Cruces, NM. A house under construction and one or two completed homes.  Tour will begin at 1:30 p.m.  You will receive directions once you make an RSVP.   An email RSVP is required (  Free to TEG members, a pre-paid donation of $10 is required for non-members (payment request will be sent to you via PayPal).  First come, first serve.  Details will be sent to you once you have RSVP'd and paid. 

Next Board Meeting


The Earthbuilders’ Guild’s next Board meeting will be held on Sunday, May 19, 2024 in Las Cruces, NM.  If you would like to attend the Board meeting in person or by Zoom contact Pat at the

Code Activities

The Earthbuilders' Guild - New Mexico Earthen Code Survey

Do you design, build or repair structures covered by New Mexico’s Earthen Building Materials Building Code? The Earthbuilders' Guild invites feedback from builders, contractors, and design professionals related to building regulation for earthen construction in New Mexico. Your responses will help The Earthbuilders' Guild inform discussions with regulators and prioritize Code Committee activities.

Link to survey:

TEG Certifications


The Next TEG Adobe Proficiency and Adobe Fundamentals Certification examinations will be held in the Fall of 2023.  For questions please email us:  For complete information about the Adobe Proficiency Certification click on "Get Involved" button above.

Adobe Proficiency Certification Application

Adobe Fundamentals Certificate Application


Santa Fe Community College


Summer 2024

ADOB 123 - Compressed Earth Block Construction
Dates: 06/03-07/27/2024
Format: Blended (50% online + 50% field work)
Instructors: Kurt Gardella & John Jordan

ADOB 198 - Adobe Building Practicum
Dates: 06/03-07/27/2024
Format: Blended (50% online + 50% field work)
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

View the full Summer 2024 online schedule here:
Begin the registration process here:
Full details the Adobe Construction Program at SFCC can be found at:

Fall 2024

ADOB 111 - Adobe Construction Basics
Dates: 08/19-10/12/2024 (class meets in person September 7 & 8 and September 28 & 29, 2024)
Format: Blended (50% online + 50% field work)
Instructors: Kurt Gardella & Issac Logsdon

ADOB 112 - Adobe Wall Construction
Dates: 10/14-12/07/2024 (class meets in person October 26 & 27 and November 16 & 17, 2024)
Format: Blended (50% online + 50% field work)
Instructors: Kurt Gardella & Issac Logsdon

ADOB 113 - Passive Solar Adobe Design
Dates: 10/14-12/07/2024
Format: Online
Instructor: Kurt Gardella

View the full Fall 2024 online schedule here:

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Pat 575-644-8099 or email

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