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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing; 1 edition (September 6, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603582576
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603582575
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #627,768 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"With Adobe Homes for all Climates, [Schroder and Ogletree] offer a fresh, modern voice to the lively revival of earthen building, and provide a wealth of practical detail as well. People who are considering building with earth—or just wondering why we would want to get back into them—would do well to consult this book."--Bruce King, director, Ecological Building Network, from the Foreword

About the Author

Lisa Morey Schroder has a Bachelor of Science in Construction Engineering and Management as well as a diploma in Architectural Design. She worked alongside Vince Ogletree for five years before founding Adobe Building Systems, LLC. She has been involved in the design and planning stages of dozens of adobe homes and has years of hands-on experience in all aspects of adobe construction. Schroder lives with her husband and two children in Vancouver, British Columbia.



Vince Ogletree founded Earth Building Consultants & Contractors, Ltd., in Auckland, New Zealand. Before his untimely death in 2005, he had twenty-three years of building experience including twelve years working with earthen and adobe methods. Vince dedicated himself to working on this manual in the last year of his life so that others could benefit from his knowledge and expertise in adobe building and share in his passion for earthen building and in his vision for environmentally conscious construction.




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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Hart on November 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Published in 2010, Adobe Homes for All Climates: Simple, Affordable, and Earthquake-Resistant Natural Building Techniques, by Lisa Schroder and Vince Ogletree presents a comprehensive look at how one might go about building with adobe. It is based on many years of experience by the authors building residences, mainly in New Zealand. They evolved very specific techniques for every aspect of the building process, from fabricating the adobe blocks to erecting and plastering the walls.

Since the authors were involved in the business of adobe construction, they were motivated to find the most efficient, durable, and pleasing ways of building they could. For this reason, they rely completely on cement-stabilized materials, which cure rapidly enough to be handled within a day and can be trusted to endure virtually any kind of weather once the walls are in place. This practice departs from traditional unstabilized adobe construction, which may require more maintenance over time, but perhaps would be a "greener" choice, because of the lower embodied energy.

One of the more unique aspects of their system is the use of specialized molds for fabricating the blocks. The main difference with some of the molds they recommend is that they provide large holes in the center that can be used to route not only water and electric utilities, but also conceal concrete and steel reinforcement. With this method it is relatively easy to create a structure that would be acceptable to the most stringent codes for seismic reinforcement.

Another novel part of their system is that special holes can be provided at specified intervals that can be used to insert temporary pipes as support for scaffolding, a very handy way to avoid the cost and hassle of erecting conventional scaffolding.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Julian Penalosa on October 7, 2011
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I had decided not to build with adobe due to it's traditional weather limitations. But this text changed my mind and i am once again planning on building my home with adobe! This book is easy to understand, even for a lawyer as myself!
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ophelia on June 20, 2012
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If you want to hire people to design and build a big, pretty adobe home for you, this book is a decent reference.

if you want advice, as I do, on how to design and construct an adobe home *yourself* e.g. with your own two hands, look elsewhere.

i should have known... the two story house pictured on the cover pretty much typifies what you will find here.

expensive book that is almost useless to me - i should consider returning.
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