Chilam Balam

Chilam Balam


The main house of the Chilam Balam ecovillage in the mountains near Caracas, Venezuela. Many followers of the Thirteen Moon Calendar have embraced less impactful building techniques in their homes, and let their imaginations play. This example of bioarchitecture is made of superadobe bricks, ferrocement, and local timber. July 2007. [It appears as if the term “superadobe bricks is the same as earthbags.] Source
Inside a superadobe home

Inside a superadobe home


Source: SodaHead
Superadobe home in Hawaii with bamboo roof

Superadobe home in Hawaii with bamboo roof


Source: Sustainable Designs Hawaii
IPEC’s new commercial kitchen

IPEC’s new commercial kitchen


Source: Comun Tierra Blog
EcoCentro IPEC


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Photo Blog #5 — 6 Comments

  1. The Chilam Balam was built with adobe bricks – nothing like earthbag or superadobe. It’s pretty though, and plenty more sustainable than the cement block usually used around here.

    • Very much so. You can use a kiva fireplace everywhere I show a wood stove. Research kiva fireplaces, kiva fireplace inserts, kiva fireplace kits. You can buy a metal insert (similar to a wood stove that’s inside of a kiva fireplace) or a masonry kit. This gives you a lot of freedom to build your own design, but the difficult firebox portion is taken care of.

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