Bio-Construction

The heart of Bio-Construction is the respect of nature by using materials local to the region and closer to their natural state to build a home or shelter that inspires and generates a healthy living environment. This approach to building empowers us to be creative and have a sense of integrity about our impact on the environment around us. Plenitud is known for its demonstration of SuperAdobe techniques integrated into the construction of the main house on site, which provide a very well-insulated escape from the hot tropical weather and a sturdy shelter for the storm.


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Curriculum Outline:

  • Design of structures: respect of nature, local materials, recycled materials, site and climate appropriate, bio-mimicry: borrowing the designs and patterns of nature

  • Sustainable construction to minimize ecological impact

  • Lifecycle assessment and cradle-to-grave analysis

  • Maximize on-site handling of energy acquisition, water capture, alternate sewage treatment, and water reuse

  • Introduction to various bio-construction techniques:

    • Adobe, rammed earth, and earthbag/bag-wall construction

    • Cob

    • Cordwood construction

    • Stone

    • Straw bale construction

    • Timber frame and ‘post and beam’ wood construction

  • Hands-on practice in the following techniques:

    • SuperAdobe or earthbag building

    • Bamboo construction

    • Integrating conventional construction with natural/recycled materials and design features

  • Design principles and recommendations for the humid tropics

 
 
 
 

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