We will be carpooling to the Cal Earth Open House. Please join us to find out more about earth bag buildings (AKA Superadobe), tour several structures and learn how this building system can benefit us all.
Taken from the www.calearth.org website:
“This concept was originally presented by architect Nader Khalili to NASA for building habitats on the moon and Mars, as “Velcro-adobe”. It comes from years of meditation, hands-on research and development, and searching for simple answers to build with earth. It comes from the concerned heart of someone who did not want to be bound to any one system of construction and looked for only one answer in human shelter, to simplify.
Cal-Earth believes that the whole family should be able to build together, men and women, from grandma to the youngest child. As such, we have spent many years researching hands-on how to make the process simpler and easier. There should be no heavy lifting or backaches, no expensive equipment, and a flexible and fast construction. The bags are filled in place on the wall using small pots like coffee cans, or even kitchen utensils. You can build alone or as a group.
Cal-Earth’s sandbag structures, reinforced with barbed wire, have successfully passed tests for California’s high seismic building codes, making them resistant to earthquakes as well as fire, flood, and hurricanes. Their design and thermal mass create comfortable living spaces based on the time-tested, sustainable architecture of harsh environments, such as that in the architect’s native Iran.
Cal-Earth is a Research and Development Institute and as such is closed to the public except during open houses and scheduled tours.”
Open House Info:
Interactive tours are held the first Saturday of every month (except August and in cases of snow/fire that shut down the Cajon Pass section of the 15 freeway). Cal-Earth has held these open houses now for over a decade, and every year more people come to experience it for themselves, and to teach their children how to build a sustainable future. Cal-Earth associates and apprentices give tours and answer questions throughout the day. Most buildings are wheelchair accessible. Please no pets.
Open House Schedule:
• 10:00 AM — Doors open
• 10:30 AM — Group Tour of Site
• 11:30 AM — Lecture given by Dastan Khalili & Sheefteh Khalili along with guest speakers
• 1:00 PM — Potluck lunch. We encourage you to participate by contributing either a dish (for four to five people), or a minimum donation of $7.
• 3:00 PM — Site Closes
Address of Cal-Earth Institute Site:
Cal-Earth Inc./ Geltaftan Foundation
10177 Baldy Lane
Hesperia, California 92345
Please register for this meet up. The cost for this Meet Up is FREE! Please bring a dish to share at the potluck or $7 (payable to Cal Earth if you choose not to bring a dish). This should be a fun outing and I hope we can get a good group together to participate. Superadobe is one of several answers to our building dilemmas. After registering, please comment as to your location that you’d like to carpool from and we’ll get this figured out. Park and Rides are a great location.