Learn about "Building with Earth and Mass in the Desert" at free Green Building Lecture

Hear about the timeless technology and simplicity of converting earth into efficient and durable structures at the April Green Building Program

Join world traveler Kirk Higbee as he shares the wonders of adobe, cob, rammed earth, compressed earth blocks and other earthen building techniques for desert environments. You'll discover how mass walls and floors modulate temperatures while passively enhancing cooling and improving indoor comfort.
This free program runs from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at the Granite Reef Senior Center, 1700 N. Granite Reef Road. RSVPs are not needed.
Guest speaker Higbee became intrigued with this technique while viewing adobe construction as a kindergartner on a field trip to El Pueblo Museum in Pueblo, Colorado. As a kid, he experimented with this craft filling aluminum ice cube trays with mud. He later traveled to five countries researching the topic and earning certificates on the subject.  

Higbee lives in Phoenix where he is rebuilding his pre-1926 adobe home and cataloging adobe construction in the greater Scottsdale/Phoenix region.

Come hear about the timeless application of our greatest abundant resource. 

The final lecture in this season's series will be Thursday, June 7, featuring "Heating and Cooling with Ductless Mini-Splits."



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