Cob Code Approved for the 2021 IRC

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For the first time, a Cob Construction Appendix has been approved for inclusion in the International Residential Code for building codes in the United States and a number of other countries. What is Cob? Also known as “monolithic adobe,” cob is an ancient method of earthen construction, used for thousands of years around the world in regions including Britain, Northern …

Earthquake Testing With Cal Poly

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We are excited to announce a groundbreaking collaboration with Cal Poly SLO to do earthquake testing on cob walls! Many things have fallen into place to make the project happen, including a woman who is doing her thesis on this project, and Cal Poly’s generous offer to support this public benefit project with deeply discounted access to earthquake testing equipment …

How-To: Desert Cold Storage

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The summer has arrived. Now, if you are looking to create a cold storage, and have a shipping container lying around, this “how-to” might be for you! This method takes advantage of the some serious thermal mass (for instance, 3′ deep in the earth at our site the temperature is a stable 65 degrees), a fancy optional venting …

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Natural Building and Permaculture in Kenya

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by Sasha Rabin January found several of our Quail Springs team in East Africa teaching natural building and permaculture courses.  Collaborating for several years with the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya (PRI-Kenya), Warren Brush has been teaching Permaculture Design Courses (PDC), a training for permaculture teachers, and most recently, a Permaculture Design Consultancy course.  And for the first time, our …