Photo Credit: Ronald Rael


PURPOSE


The Adobe Alliance is a non-profit group
 committed to help those in need of housing who cannot afford to buy industrial materials, neither wood nor tools, by teaching the hand-crafting of woodless mud brick roofs to cover a space that shelters adobe walls, house, and a self-reliant family.  We are ready to:

  • help communities apply cooperative building techniques in earth architecture;
  • organize groups in fulfilling the widespread need for low cost, salubrious, energy efficient, sustainable housing; 
  • enhance rather than defile landscapes by offering solid contemporary structures of simple design which respect local climate, environment and culture.
 Means to reach these goals include:
  • the use of local renewable, recycled resources and building materials to considerably reduce cost and environmental impact, reducing the need to purchase industrial materials;
  • providing roofs in the configuration of adobe vaults and domes, a unique yet ancient design feature which eliminates the use of wood, an increasingly scarce natural resource;
  • designs which harness natural energy for heating and cooling . Adobe walls retain heat in the winter and stay cool in the summer, thus eliminating the cost of mechanical heating and cooling systems;
  • a system to meet local housing needs using indigenous skills, thereby providing a source of employment and simultaneously incorporating, preserving and enhancing local architectural heritage.
  • an appropriate building technique for chemically sensitive individuals, using only materials that are totally non-toxic.
The non-profit Adobe Alliance seeks funding to schedule and manage hands-on workshops with courses in theory, design, the molding of adobe bricks, the handling of tools and the hand-crafting of woodless adobe roofs.