New Mexico Dirtbags


             Sites come, sites go. Kindly let us know if any of these links don't work, or if you know of
             a site that would be a good inclusion.


New Mexico Summer Monsoon Season Precipitation Mapping - from the University of     
              Arizona, via NOAA. Updated daily from June 15 to September 30 (traditional monsoon season).

UV Index by location - from the EPA. Type in your location in the blue box at the bottom
               left-hand side of the screen. Displays real-time UV index scale.

USGS Current Water Data - real-time & historical gage readings for groundwater, streams
               & rivers(heights & currents).
From the USGS NWIS (National Water Information Service).                 
               Live on the water? Be forewarned.

           Earthbags, materials, & construction techniques

              Earth Architecture and Ceramics: The Sandbag/Superadobe/ Superblock Construction     
              (Khalili / Vitorre) - Technical paper submitted to the ICBO in 1998 (1.80 Mb; PDF download)
              Earthbag Structures - Focus on
earthbag solutions for disaster (and disaster-prone) regions
Earthship Biotecture - rammed earth in recycled tires, instead of in poly & burlap bags. Extensive
              information on systems.


Green Home Building - Kelly Hart's phenomenally comprehensive site
              Cal-Earth Institute - Founded by Nader Khalili in 1986; doing the good work. Specialize in
               superadobe construction (tubular continuous polypropylene bags. Great place for workshops.

              The Portalab Manual - Low cost soil engineering tests for constructing earthen buildings - New    
              Mexico Energy & Minerals Department, 1981 (thanks to Quentin Wilson)
Earthbag House Plans - Owen Geiger's site
OKOKOK Productions (Hunter & Kiffmeyer's once excellent site - currently offline???)
Earthbag - venerable site of Kelly Hart & Owen Geiger
             Earthbag Building Blog (also from Hart & Geiger; what's going on abroad)

             Écobâtiment - En français. Basée au Québec.
             USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service Web Soil Survey application - easy to use
             application to access National Cooperative Soil Survey data for your region (all the way down to your
             back yard). Clay content, salinity,
drainage, plasticity index... more than you can imagine.
             Outstanding.  Your US tax dollars at work, folks.

     Plastering, rendering, and papercrete:
              New Mexico Clay - wonderful source of dry clay additives (in different colors), mica additives, and

              Mud for Everyone
- Erica Ann's wonderful website
Earth Plaster How-To - from the folks at Dancing Rabbit

Pigments for finish plaster - the Earth Pigments Co. 
Lime Stucco Plastering - Jim Phypers' site; nice photos of application with a sprayer
              Papercrete Educational Website - part of; cheap books & great links!
Home-made mixer (Papercrete or plaster) - Mike McCain's 3rd world mixer.

         Books (some with extracts for viewing)...  or order from us through Amazon
Earthbag Building - Kaki Hunter & Donald Kiffmeyer - a classic!
The Art of Natural Building - Joseph Kennedy, Michael Smith, Catherine Wanek                                  
The Natural Plaster Book - Cedar Rose Guelberth, Dan Chiras
              The Cob Builder's Handbook - Becky Bee

              Clay Culture: Plasters, Paints and Preservation - Carole Crews


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