Our Mission

To advance and promote earthen construction

Our Vision

Earthen construction will be an established mainstream building technology

June 1 Members Present! on Zoom:

Please join us for a video and discussion about an earthen horno project on the border involving Ronald Rael.

Also check out Stephen Colley's presentation on earthen construction sponsored by the Austin chapter AIA Building Enclosure Council.

Earthen structures are as old as human history, and some are among the most well known structures on the planet, like the Alhambra and portions of China's Great Wall. ECI was founded by a group of people who appreciate adobe, rammed earth, compressed earth block, cob, and other earthen styles for their sheer beauty, but we also believe that these ancient technologies  have much to offer modern humans in terms of comfort, health, and environmental resiliency. ECI exists to bring earthen construction into the mainstream by developing standards and best practices, through research to understand and improve earthen construction, by providing quality resources, and through educational programs and training.

You are welcome to join us at our monthly board meetings held the first Tuesday of each month, followed by our Members Present! series, where ECI members and friends give presentations and demos on various aspects of earthen construction and sustainable practices.

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To see past presentations visit our video page or click here to visit and subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Earthen Construction News

We are proud of our accomplishments in advancing earthen construction in central Texas and beyond. Here's news on the progress of ECI initiatives, publications, and upcoming events.

ECI Authors New Earthen Building Code Amendments

Effective October 1, 2018,
the City of San Antonio approved ECI's suggested amendments
adding earthen construction
to the City's building code.

EarthUSA 2022

Adobe in Action has announced that EarthUSA will be held September 23-25, 2022, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Check out their link for details and call for abstracts.

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The Ground Up
Texas Architect Nov/Dec 2018

Read Jen Wong's article

on some exciting recent examples 

of unfired earth construction

in Texas.

Help us advance and promote
earthen construction