Kurt Gardella

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Kurt Gardella

505-514-0293

1000 Cordova Pl. #243 Santa Fe, NM 87505

"Specializing in earthbuilding education with a focus on sun-dried adobe blocks. Offering online and live-instruction adobe construction classes and workshops on topics such as passive solar adobe design, adobe block production, adobe wall construction, earthen & lime plasters and earth ovens.In business since 2005. I hold a Certificate in Adobe Construction from Northern New Mexico College. I am certified as a Specialist for Building with Earth by the Dachverband Lehm (Weimar, Germany) and the Ulm Chamber of Trades and Crafts (HWK Ulm, Germany). I am certified in Adobe Proficiency by The Earthbuilders' Guild. offer adobe courses online and in the field. I offer on-site, phone and e-mail consultation services in the following new construction areas:

Design & Planning

- passive solar adobe design
- using the New Mexico Earthen Building Materials Code
- using the New Mexico Energy Conservation Code
- sourcing and testing soil
- sourcing and testing aggregate
- on-site adobe production & testing

Wall Construction

- low-impact, site-friendly foundation digs
- gravel trench / concrete grade beam foundations
- foundation detailing
- adobe wall construction
- wood lintel sizing & installation
- wood bond beam sizing & installation

Roofs & Finishing

- shed and gable roofs
- roof detailing for adobe structures
- interior and exterior earthen plasters and paints
- interior and exterior lime plasters and paints
- natural insulation strategies
- earth ovens and high-mass interior heat storage"