Georgia Adobe Homes™ are constructed from insulated Rammed Earth, permanent form materials, and recycled materials can be built in any country in the world they make their own electricity, collect potable water, contain their sewage treated onsite, employ greywater recycling, make fuel, incorporate in home food production.

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Remodeling Process:

1st ) The subject structure is going to need to be Earth Bermed during the construction process and when completed this fill will extend to the top of the highest point of the walls, all while being resided in, at the same time. 

2nd) An enclosing of three outer walls ( Western, Northern, and Eastern ) with a envelope is possible, with Earth if permanent forming materials are employed. We like Free Materials best and used car tires fit this need quite well. 

As the wall is built in a solider bond pattern it’s going to be Earth sheltered well on their outside, no additional footings need be poured, just a level trench to lay the form material into it is required.  These forms are filled and compacted with the required insulation - outside, so as to hold inside, the solar energy newly gained, from the future passive solar facade.

3rd) At 10’ or less intervals, a concrete bond beam will need be poured upon the top of form work to hold all walls fast in place.

4th) Earth Tubes must be installed during the walls construction, so as to allow inside , fresh air from the Northern façade.

5th) Flying Buttresses are employed inside this new wall, at regular intervals, to hold back the embankment and the newly formed envelop.

6th) Finishing with Earth on the inside is required , so as to keep a clean, smooth and clean-able surface inside the new envelop.

7th)  The structure on the Southern side will need to be opened and have glass placed.

8th) A clean surface roof and cistern system are needed to be installed.

9th) Interior cosmetic blending of the former structure with the newly formed envelop structure are required. Attention to openness is required so as to allow remodeling inside to gain solar passively or active systems will be needed.

10th) Interior changes to plumbing, electrical, thermal mass and openings for passive exit ventilation are required.

 Temperature Stabilization


 Temperature Stabilization Is The Primary Element Of Retrofitting An Existing Building With A Georgia Adobe™ Home  and they are all designed primarily as Earth Sheltered Structures and/or either modified High Thermal Mass, Super Insulated Buildings. Modifications to existing structures, that conform to the four elements of insulated thermal mass dynamics, in a passive solar building's design, are extremely energy efficient. 


 When heating is required for a building, a Wintergarden is a natural addition the southern exposure of a passive solar home ( in North American homes)  as that glass will let the sun in.  A Wintergarden added to existing homes, will have tremendous amounts of mass in them, and this is a requirement for the thermal dynamics to work. As a result of this mass, they operate most effectively, on an existing structure.


 These are the 4 elements that should always be present, in retrofitted buildings, so as to achieve temperature stabilization :


 1)  Exterior Closed Cell or Impermeable Insulation

 2)  High Thermal Mass,

 3)  Solar Gain

 4)  Ventilation


 Existing homes can have more insulation added to their outside and some thermal mass added to their inside, to sway the dynamics in a favorable position.  Insulation added to the attic or even directly to the roof , is often the most beneficial insulation to add , as that it's normally easy to get to without major building changes and because , heat rises straight up.  Walls and floors being better insulated too helps, plus thermal mass when added to the floors and walls can more than equal the benefit of insulation. 


 This makes both insulation of the structure and adding insulated thermal mass , a top priority .


 With passive solar gain allowed to enter the structure, through Southern exposure window additions,

or by way of active solar gain through mechanized systems and

the addition of proper ventilation added ,

and with with changes to the structures walls,

floors and roof a more complete change to a high thermal mass building, can be made.  


 Earth sheltering is possible for some existing homes, if structural changes are made to allow it and this can give the structure the benefit of the flywheel effect,

by drawing upon the Earth’s warmth in Winter and its coolness in Summer.


 Structures that have insulated thermal mass and are modified with Earth Sheltering to receive the most benefits of thermal mass dynamics and they require less utilities used, be they on or off grid homes.


 This also means that when any back up heating and cooling systems are added, they can be of the smaller variety of systems, giving the homeowner, a less expensive system to buy , the appliances can be smaller too and they should operate far less than in a conventional building.


 Existing structures often don’t have adequate ventilation, but this can be added to each room to bring fresh air in from cool lower entrances ( perhaps on North Walls ) and then allowed to be vented out through the high point in the South side of the building; thereby passively,  a natural convection travels through the home, without much of a need for conventional conditioned air systems. 


 In extremely humid situations, during long rainy periods for example, the incoming air can become moist even when taken in through tubes set deep in the ground and the Earth will cool the air by being drawn through the mass of the earth, before it enters the living space. thus loosing most of the moisture before venting into the structure. It is also at this point, that switching to small conditioned air system, will allow a proper drying of the retrofitted home, but this will be far less expensive in size and in its use than conditioned air systems cost for their use,  and less than for conventional structures use as well.


 Food Production And Less Water Use


​ See Greywater Drawing On BROCHURE PAGE

 Food production through the growth of plants of many kinds including, food production by way of animal species is always possible in the added Wintergarden. The Greywater's reuse can happen up to 5 times. Here is an example of those uses:


 1) After use for a Bath and/or from Sink Water directed over to the Planting Bed,

Where It Is Cleaned By The Plants, Taking Up The Minerals from the Greywater.


 2) Fish can be grown in this cleaned water, making food production greater. This water can also be filtered and used again, over and over to fertilize more plants too.


 3) This cleaned water, can be used again, in the fish tanks and or


 4) This cleaned water, can be used to flush toilets and then dumped into the septic tank for final disposal.


 5) This cleaned water can be exited to the Black water Septic tank , for final disposal . Also the septic tank can be changed into a system that allows for pre-filtering of effluent from the tanks  outlet point ( where it drains into ground water ) and landscapes can be watered sub-surface from this source. By growing landscape plants at this point , the black water is becoming very clean ( relatively speaking ) and without having the water ever leave your yard.  All this happens underground, beyond all site and smells , making for a beautiful yard - without using more fresh water to accomplish this task.


A Retrofitted Buildings Energy Requirements Are Lowered

As Insulated Thermal Mass Is Added !

 

 Once Water Capture, Greywater systems & thermal mass are incorporated into an existing structure and a Wintergarden™ is installed,  it is time for passive or active solar gain, to be added and that being achieved the homes grid energy needs,  become far less or none at all.


 ENERGY SYSTEMS

 It is at this point one should consider the addition of a properly sized solar energy system, that can at a low cost, supply the retrofitted homes low wattage needs and Georgia Adobe™ can design and install this critical energy system too, into your retrofitted home or on a new one . 


 Temperature Stabilization

 Temperature Stabilization Is The Primary Element Of Retrofitting An Existing Building With A Georgia Adobe™ system and they are all designed primarily as Earth sheltered and/or either modified high thermal mass, super insulated buildings. Modifications to existing structures, that conform to the four elements of insulated thermal mass dynamics, in a passive solar building's design, are extremely energy efficient. 


 When heating is required for a building, a Wintergarden™ is a natural addition the southern exposure of most North American homes, as it will let the sun in.  Wintergarden’s™ added to existing homes, will have tremendous amounts of mass in them, and this is a requirement if thermal dynamics are desired to work and as a result of thermal mass , they operate most effectively, on an existing structure.

 These are the 4 elements that should always be present, in retrofitted buildings to achieve temperature stabilization :

 1)  Exterior Closed Cell or  Impermeable Insulation
 2)  Thermal Mass
 3)  Solar Gain
 4)  Ventilation

 Existing homes can have more insulation added to their outside and some thermal mass added to their inside to sway the dynamics in a favorable trend.  Insulation added to the attic or even directly to the roof ,is often the most beneficial location to add insulation to , as that it's normally easy to get to without major building changes and because heat rises easiest straight up; but walls and floors being better insulated too plus thermal mass added on the floors and walls can more than equal the  benefit of insulation. This makes both insulation of the structure and adding insulated thermal mass a top priority .

 With passive solar gain allowed to enter the structure through proper Southern exposure window additions, or by way of active solar gain through mechanized systems and the addition of proper ventilation added , and with with changes to the structures walls, floors, and roof a more complete change to a high thermal mass building, can be made.  

 Earth sheltering is possible for some existing structures, if structural changes are made to allow it and this can give the structure the benefit of a flywheel effect, by drawing upon the Earth’s warmth in Winter and its cool in Summer.

 Structures that have insulated thermal mass and are modified with Earth Sheltering receive the most benefits of thermal mass dynamics and thus , they require less utilities use, be they on or off grid homes. This also means when any back up heating and cooling systems are added, they can be of the smaller variety of systems giving the homeowner, a less to buy the appliance and they should operate far less than on a conventional building .

 Existing structures often don’t have adequate ventilation, but this can be added to each room to bring fresh air in from cool lower entrances ( perhaps on North Walls ) and then allowed to be vented out through the high point in the South side of the building, and passively just a natural convection travels through the home without a need for conditioned air.

 In extremely humid situations, during long rainy periods for example the in coming air can be taken in through tubes in the ground before entering the home and Earth will cool the air from being drawn through the mass of the earth, before it enters the living space. It is at this point switching to conditioned air systems will allow a proper drying of the retrofitted home, but this will be far less conditioned air use,  than for conventional structures.

 Food production And Less Water Use

 Food production through the growth of plants of many kinds including food production species is always possible in the added Wintergarden. The Greywater's reuse happens up to 5 times in this situation . Here is an example of those uses:


 1) After use, Bath and Sink Water Drains To The Plant Bed, Where It Is Cleaned By The Plants, Taking Up The Minerals from the Greywater.


 2) Fish can be grown in this cleaned water, making food production greater. This water can also be filtered and used to fertilize more plants too.


 3) This cleaned water, can be used again in the fish tanks and or


 4) This cleaned water, can be used to flush toilets and then dumped into the septic tank for final disposal.


 5) This cleaned water can be exited to the Black water Septic tank , for final disposal . Also the septic tank can be changed to allow for a pre-filtering at the tanks water outlet point ( where it drains into ground water ) . By growing landscape plants at this point , the black water is becoming very clean ( relatively speaking ) and without having the water, the leave your yard.  All this happens underground, beyond all site and smell, making for a beautiful yard without using more fresh water to accomplish this task.


 A Retrofitted Buildings Energy Requirements Are Lowered As Insulated Thermal Mass Is Added !

 Once Water Capture, Greywater systems & thermal mass are incorporated into an existing structure and a Winter Garden is installed it is time for passive or active solar gain to be added and being achieved , the homes grid energy needs become far less or none at all.

 As that the retrofitted homes energy needs are now  low - less expensive systems are now possible because of the earlier building changes.  Additionally, changes to your existing household appliances including low voltage equipment such as DC powered well water pumps can use less power than AC pumps, and DC powered refrigerators that are highly insulated  use less power too. On demand hot water that are gas fired, can back up solar water heaters and solar water or air heaters can also supplement your heating needs, during less sunny periods.


​​ Retrofitting Your Existing Home

 Sometimes Is The Only Answer !


 WE CAN DO THAT !


 Currently, the combined people of Earth require at least 21+ billion meals daily.

The difficulty of affording and acquiring natural, fresh and nutritious food, is a growing problem

that even extends to the first world nations, let alone the difficulties people of a 3 world nation

will encounter. 


 Due to future population increases ( roughly 1 billion extra people every 5 years ) this shortage

will only become worse and more costly, as time marches forward. Water shortages and

power shortages are also coming fast to planet Earth as well. Often even now, power cost are

rising to more than the mortgage costs, and freshwater’s use in major North American Cities,

often becomes limited to "human consumption only", during severe drought periods.


 New Georgia Adobe™ homes come with the systems described below, and are today the best

independent self-sustainable designs available, to the world today and they can end residential

dependence upon the grid, in your future too. 


 Retrofitting A Home Brings Special Benefits.


 To begin with, you can often live in the house as change may go on around the world without fear ,

plus you already have the property purchased, in a neighborhood you know. 


 Sometimes permits and permission to remodel is not required in certain areas, due to dollar value limits. For example in 1 area we worked on,  the building could have $10,000 of changes made to it without any permits, So the owner broke down their project list,  in those numbers and never had to ask for permission to do anything.  This is a major benefit to the homeowner as the Govt. is not changing the plan , just to fit their idea of what conventional limitations should be and this makes the cost far less. 

 It's no less safe to do it this way, but the savings can be thousands of dollars due to Georgia Adobe's™  methods being added to the existing structure. The energy savings added to the benefit by using alternative materials and construction methods that work for you are a benefit too, and this really adds up in your favor.
  
 Water Capture, Greywater reuse systems, added to Highly Insulated Thermal Mass and adding a Wintergarden , blended into one dwelling‘s ecological system, plus by using everything that's already in place, at an existing home , most any structure can become self-sustainable, at less expensively sometimes,  and the homeowners can thrive upon tomorrow's frontier.


​ Retrofitting  a home is quite possible if the area & property  allows it and 1 answer we would propose to many homeowners desiring to remain in the same home, and place. We just prefer  to see them working on a 100% paid for structure from the beginning and this is not always possible, when previous structures are involved and the ultimate cost is of course going to be higher than newly  constructed building would have been, as that new building would then be a paid for structure from the start, it has greater value than holding some older building inside it – but each to their own.

 Construction during encampment inside the same structure has its problems, but it can be done if the family can adapt well to dust, dirt, noise and early or late work as some steps must be completed,  the day they are begun, so as to protect the existing home. We always suggest other living quarters be found during this process.

  I will detail the 10 basic steps required below, to give you an idea of what we might, {or would}, suggest for a project such as this and the order of construction, and even the possibility of doing any of this below,  is always subjective to the project at hand.