"Low-cost Sustainable Dome Building with Hybrid Adobe"
Our hands-on workshop series returns to Northern California.
Hands-on Workshop teaching Hybrid Adobe
WHEN: Saturday and/or Sunday May 3 & 4, 2003. 11 AM to 5:00
PM daily. Overnight camping included.
WHERE: Eleusis Community: 920 beautiful, forested acres in Northern
California's wine country, near Middletown, CA. About a two hour non-stop
drive north from San Francisco. Carpooling can be arranged.
WHO: Host: the Eleusis Project.
Workshop Leader: Philip Mirkin, Hybrid Adobe Builder & Experimenter
COST: Sliding Scale, Saturday or Sunday $45-$75; $35 for students/elders
each day. Entire weekend (including camping) $85-$135, $65 for students/elders.
Work exchanges and scholarships available. Please request in advance.
DETAILS AND DIRECTIONS: MORE
or call 866-305-1403 and leave a message
Learn a revolutionary form of sustainable building that is cheaper and
easier to work with than classic adobe, standard framing, cob or strawbale.
Join members of Eleusis, a progressively-minded community on their beautiful
920-acre forested home (and river) as we build an experimental Quick Dome
project. Overnight camping is included.
Hybrid Adobe blends natural and reusable materials to create a strong,
non-toxic material that can be worked like cob or concrete. Hybrid Adobe
blends include local clay, pulped paper for strength, sand and a binder
such as Portland Cement. When dry, Hybrid Adobe is lightweight, flame-proof
and easy to cut with a saw. These unique properties make it a highly creative
material to work with.
This fun workshop gets your hands in the mud, plastering the material
onto a dome project, creating experimental panels, and sampling procedures.
You'll also learn tried and true methods of pouring lightweight blocks
and insulation panels. Learn ways to make sculptures, mosaics, and garden
features. Low-cost, simple procedures empower you to do the work yourself.
You'll learn how to construct an insulated building shell and how to easily
remodel existing buildings rendering them flame-proof and better insulated
(reducing utility bills). Resource recycling and small business opportunities
will also be discussed.
Over 100 buildings have already been built from fibercrete or Hybrid Adobe.
Some simple structures (such as dome shells without plumbing) have cost
under $1.00 per square foot to build.
Ready applications include conventional homes, add-ons, remodels, domes,
garden walls, sculptures, and sheds. Also covered: making a simple mixer,
alternative building designs, basic permit info and more.
Please register early as the workshop is already filling up.