Oops! Sorry!!

This site doesn't support Internet Explorer. Please use a modern browser like Chrome, Firefox or Edge.

Over the 3 days we will cover everything you need to know to build an Adobe home to code, using local materials. The workshop is a mix of lectures, testing and ample time for hands-on practice at our Adobe yard in sunny Nelson.

  • Design of load-bearing earth buildings (Adobe)

  • Calculations (bracing design and R-value)

  • Making & testing high-performing Adobe Bricks 

  • Logistics of Adobe Manufacure

  • Developing & testing earthen mortar

  • Building site set-up

  • Laying Adobe Bricks

  • Construction details services, windows & top plates

  • Tips on easy ways to finish earthen walls

  • We teach to the NZ Earth Building Standards (please note that because of copyright we cannot reproduce any part of these - we recommend you buy a copy if you intend to design yourself)

Hi! We are Verena and Scott...

With over 200+ completed projects since 2002 and many years of teaching experience in NZ and abroad, Solid Earth Ltd is one of the most experienced natural building companies and the longest standing Adobe Brick manufacturer in Aotearoa NZ.

Our focus is on creating beautiful, healthy living spaces that have minimal environmental footprint. We take pride in our state-of-the-art workmanship, extensive research and innovation in the field, as well as our contribution towards the NZ Earth Building Standards.


3-day workshop

Days run 9am to 5pm with an hour lunch break (lunch provided)

onsite camping

You can pitch a tent for $15pn and use facilities on site

certificate of attendance

A certificate of attendance for your skills maintenance records (LBP)

Please get in touch if you have questions

For registration with credit card payment, please use the online form above. We operate on a first in first served basis and will cap this workshop at 10 participants.

Copyright © 2022 Earthbuildingschool T/A Solid Earth Adobe Buildings Ltd.

All rights reserved.