To advance and promote earthen construction
Earthen construction is an established, mainstream building technology
Join us for our next Members Present! –
“Greenest Home of the Year – What’s it like?”
Tuesday, February 5th at 7:15 pm @ Bolner Conference Room (2nd floor) at the Southwest School of Art – 300 Augusta, SATX 78205.
Join us for ColoradoEarth’s presentation featuring Lisa Schroder, Jim Hallock and guest Francesco Piazzesi.
Lisa Schroder is an engineer and designer with over 16 years experience in construction, management, and design. She authored “Adobe Homes for All Climates” and holds a patent for an innovative building system that incorporates reinforcement and scaffolding into the wall system. Her mission is helping people acquire quality homes that will last for generations.
Jim Hallock is a builder that has specialized in stabilized compressed earth blocks for over 23 years. He has conducted earthen construction workshops in Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, and Haiti. His commitment to CEB construction was driven by his determination to find a healthier way to build after experience with chemically-sensitive issues.
Francesco Piazzesi is a social entrepreneur who grew up in Mexico learning his family’s construction business. He is deeply passionate about home ownership and community building for those living in poverty. In 1985, he founded Adobe Homes Aid to teach communities how to build with earthen materials. Currently, Francesco leads Echale a tu Casa!, a social organization based in Mexico and expanding to the US, which helps families build and own their earthen homes.
Earthen construction is for everyone.
ECI was founded to make earthen construction building more accessible to the many consumers, professionals, and institutions who seek the most sustainable materials for modern construction.
Earthen Construction News
Unfired earth building materials — rammed earth, adobe, compressed earth block — are a plentiful, structurally robust, and natural alternative to mainstream construction systems. Up to now, they have been more associated with the desert west, where adobe has been used...
Earthen Construction Initiative is establishing a comprehensive set of community and professional resources to advance and promote earthen construction in Texas and beyond.
Click through to see FAQs, Glossary, Photo Galleries, and links to more Resources and Organizations.
Earthen Construction Initiative presents lectures and other educational events for professionals and individuals interested in earthen construction. Stay tuned for information on upcoming classes!
The ECI Board meets the first Tuesday of each month.
ECI Members Present!
Short-format presentation series occurring the first Tuesday of each month, following the ECI Board meeting.
A big thank you to Southwest School of Art for its continued support and use of their facilities. Thank you for your generosity!
With your help, we’ll continue to expand our efforts in outreach, education, and research to help bring earthen construction into the mainstream. We welcome your participation, your ideas, and your support.