Cal-Earth (Hesperia) — First Saturdays

Cal-Earth offers a FREE tour of their “super adobe” (bagged dirt) style homes at 10am on the first Saturday of each month.  They are located in Hesperia, nearly 70 miles north of Hemet.

This beautiful homes are built to withstand earthquakes, high winds and floods.   They are designed in a way that the whole family from grandma to the toddlers can assist in building them.   They are so well-insulated that they need little fuel to heat or cool.   With the Hemet summer heat comes the high summer electrical bill unless your home is very well insulated.  These homes are a smart choice for our region.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to see a housing track of these beauties instead of an abandoned housing track vandalized and rotting away on Ramona Expressway near 7th Street?

Cal-Earth is a Research and Development Institute that offers solutions for practical, low cost homes.    Their innovative design has delighted the United Nation as well as organizations all over the world.  NASA is so impressed with the durability of Super Adobe homes theses homes are in consideration for lunar habitats!

Please visit their website for important details.

Cal-Earth
10177 Baldy Lane
Hesperia, CA 92345
http://calearth.org/about/visiting.html

10:00 AM — Doors open
11:30 AM — Lecture
1:00 PM — Potluck lunch
3:00 PM — Site Closes

Additional Resources for Super Adobe Construction

Eco-Dome

Superadobe Casa Ecologica Portugal

Sustainable Unit – Super Adobe House

Casas Super adobe: Una conexión Interna entre nosotros y la naturaleza

Earthbag Building Blog

Additional Resources for Straw Bale Construction

Here is a link to the first straw-bale home constructed in Riverside County.  It is in Hemet!  Here is its for sale listing and more pictures.

My search for “straw bale” found 26 titles in Inland Library Network.   They are all related to home construction.    The following caught my attention for its humanitarian cause.    I wonder if Architecture for Humanity would write up a master plan for Hemet?  It would sure be nice to have our community more bicycle friendly.   And it would be great to have public buildings that advantage of our abundant sunshine inside of constantly opposing it.  (I am thinking about places like the Valle Vista library where more north-facing windows could have significantly reduced their need for lighting.)

Design like you give a damn: architectural responses to humanitarian crisis.  Edited by Architecture for Humanity [2006]
Architecture for Humanity is a grassroots nonprofit organization that seeks architectural solutions to humanitarian crises. Through design-build programs, competitions, educational forums, and partnerships with community and relief organizations, the all-volunteer group creates opportunities for architects and designers from around the world to help communities in need. Since it was founded in 1999, Architecture for Humanity has provided critical design support on a number of projects, including mine clearance programs and playground building in the Balkans; earthquake recovery in Bam, Iran; and the reconstruction of Kirinda, Sri Lanka, in the wake of the devastating tsunami of December 2004.

Additional Resources

Low Cost Green Homes’ site is designed to help you choose a low-cost, greener way to build the basic structure of your house.  There so many innovated materials here.   I wish these unconventional homes were more common in Hemet.   They are more energy efficient.

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I am a homeschooling mom living in Hemet, California. I am interested in building a better community for the ones I love.
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