To advance and promote earthen construction
Earthen construction is an established, mainstream building technology
ECI has been organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes.
A group from Central Texas, led by Stephen Colley, decided to form the Earthen Construction Initiative after attending EarthUSA 2015 in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
This Texas group included Michael Donoghue, Stephen Colley, Lauran Drown, Celia Mendoza, Beverly Donoghue, and Jim Hallock.
ECI was established as a nonprofit association in Texas.
San Antonio Mayor’s Housing Summit: Members arranged for a presentation by Francesco Piazezzi of ¡Échale! a Tu Casa, a successful affordable housing/economic development organization that has assisted communities in 23 Mexican states to build their own compressed earth block homes.
IRS approval of ECI’s 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
Strategic planning retreat
Successful demonstration of sealant that inhibits rain and storm water penetration while maintaining the “breathability” of earthen building materials
1st General Meeting
Building Science podcast interview with Stephen Colley about earthen construction
American Institute of Architects’ San Antonio Young Architects meeting: ECI presentation, “Earthen Structures in South Texas,” followed by a block-making demonstration by Advanced Earthen Construction Technologies (AECT)
EarthUSA 2017 sponsor, with several members attending
Approval of ECI for state sales tax exemption
Solar Fest 2017 co-sponsor: ECI hosted an information booth on earthen construction with AECT’s blockmaking demonstration
First Annual ECI Christmas Potluck: We enjoyed delicious food, reviewed our accomplishments, and shared our interests and ideas about earthen construction.
ECI Members Present series launched
Board of Directors
Develop and refine annual budget and 3-year budget
Plan fundraising events and activities
Develop grant proposals/applications
Conduct presentations and hands-on workshops for variety of audiences
Develop, maintain, monitor, and refine social media, including website
Conduct research on earthen materials, assemblies, and structures
Recommend code modifications for safe, durable earthen construction
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.