EMPOWERMENT THROUGH KNOWLEDGE
Our partners at Permacultura México and Rancho Úha, in conjunction with Cal-Earth Institute and Heavengrown, are putting together an education program to help implement more bio-construction designs we are building in Oaxaca and Morelos. These methods are designed to be a community project, where neighbors can assist each other in building homes for the towns.
Our methods, such as Superadobe designed by Cal-Earth Institute, offer incredible structural strength, using earth bags stacked on top of each other in the form of a dome, stabilized with barbed wire placed between each bag. This process also provides resistance against fires and floods, while tests conducted in California, USA proved the Superadobe method to be impressively resistant to earthquakes.
The ease of construction, availability of materials, and strength of the buildings, make Superadobe construction an excellent option to build homes and shelters in many parts of the world, particularly those prone to the impacts of nature’s most ferocious moments.
The building process is intentionally simple, but the structural integrity of Superadobe is the result of years of research. The structural design uses modern engineering concepts like base-isolation and post-tensioning. The long coils of sandbag provide compression (vertical) strength. While the barbed wire adds tensile (horizontal) strength. In addition, the sandbags add flood resistance. The earth itself provides insulation and fire-proofing.