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I can already see the influence of the class right here on your site, and you know, it seems better, somehow (the centered text.) I'm gonna have to be more purposeful about finding like-minded people and courses. Would you consider posting more photos?
Posted by: casemeau | 01/19/2007
Unfortunately the text is a result of a technical problems rather than a reflection of a new found commitment to non-straightness. I wasn't worried about not having a margin but I was frustrated about not being able to put spaces between the paragraphs, people tend to be turned off by bug clumps of text. Still, you want photos so that should be no problem, I presume it is photos of earth building. unfortunately I only took video of the actual course but there are plenty of houses we visited.
And yes courses like this are great fun, you could try a permaculture course too for a similar vibe. Costs money though.
Posted by: Aaron | 01/19/2007
Curiosity, how did the course handle weather sealing? What standards were applied to dealing with rain and erosion? Also, how about foundations on unstable surfaces?
Let's face it. It's wonderful to post/dream about building earth structures, but that isn't the real problem with them. How do you build them so they can compete effectively with modern materials and give the owners and members of the community a sense that they are not going to turn into an eyesore, a condemned structure, etc.?
I'd love to hear if the course taught more specifics about the building codes in New Zealand, and how you can solve modern constraints using earthen materials. How about roofing materials? What if you want to put a hot water tank or gravity fed water system on the roof? Can earthen bricks support that weight? If so, what size do you need, etc.
Can multi floor structures be built under the NZ building codes using earthen materials?
Are there course materials you could share with the internet community? This would be very interesting stuff.
Posted by: Chris | 01/24/2007
Sounds like an exciting development; I would love to see more photos. Are you making traditional adobes? What sorts of additives are you using?
We are building with paper adobe, which makes all other earth buildings I know of obsolete. You just add dirt to paper pulp from waste paper or shredded paper, form into blocks (or make a house like a coiled pot) and you have a product that is tough, insulates and is great thermal mass. It will hold a screw, hold a nail, can withstand hammer blows, and is eartquake proof.
I have thought of posting our photos on the web, but we are right next to a county complex here in the US, and everything we are doing is completely unpermited etc. I don't want to rub their noses in it.
But take some shredded paper, mix it with your local mud, and experiment!
Posted by: Jim Burke | 01/24/2007
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