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Would You Like the Inaugural, State-of-the-art Firestorm- and Climate-Safe Cottage on Your Property?


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Dear Friends—

We have completed years of design, engineering, earthquake and fire testing, and have authored a whole new code for monolithic adobe buildings, recently approved for inclusion in the California Residential Code. 

We’re now inviting good clients with sites to build the inaugural permitted, sustainable, affordable, firestorm- and climate-safe adobe cottages. 

Adobe Safety Cottage Features

Our objectives

  1. Build you a really nice, firestorm- and climate-safe cottage that will provide comfort and joy, and securely store and share wealth between generations
  2. Yield beautiful photographs to start a coffee-table book/ menu of pre-designed adobe safety cottages in different sizes and styles, to help people understand how beautiful as well as functional this kind of construction can be; 

  3. Pioneer a permitting pathway that others can easily follow to get permits for firestorm- and climate-safe building
  4. Start a library of pre-drawn, pre-engineered plans which cities and counties can give away to promote sustainable, affordable firestorm- and climate-safe building, including resident-built structures that serve as a secure store of wealth accessible to more people, including young and less wealthy people. (Ventura County currently gives away pre-approved plans for ADUs; our vision is for lots of cities and counties to give away pre-approved plans for adobe tiny houses, so they are the easiest and cheapest things to build).

What we’re looking for in terms of sites and partner-clients


If you take everything into account, the most economical solution is the most ecological solution as well.

The Adobe Safety Cottage is an extraordinarily economical solution (as well as ecological solution) for high-quality housing. Every aspect of the design feeds into this.

The biggest single factor is lower square feet per person. They are cozy, soulfull, highly optimized spaces, which are more inviting than small spaces of conventional materials and design because of better air quality from non-toxic mateirals, better ventilation that turns over air in more of the room volume, better soundproofing, and daylighting.

The second biggest factor is ultra high efficiency use of hot water, water, and electricity.

The third biggest factor is long design life. With much lower vulnerablitly to firestorms and termites, these strutures are expected to last well over 100 years (The oldest continuously inhabited struture in the US, the Taos Pueblo, is made of adobe and is over 1,000 years old).

Conventional construction is cheap primarily by externailzing costs: the costs of extracting resources; disposing of waste; high energy and water use; heavy climate damage; treating resident's cancer caused by toxic buidlng materials; in a firestorm, igniting other structures with embers and heat as the struture burns, after burning, bleeding out water and pressure so that it's difficult to defend other structures; poor performace in less common but more critical situations such as high smoke days, power outages, high heat or cold.

Adobe Safety Cottages have lower external costs, and substantial external benefits that accure to the community: they serve as firebreak between wooden strutures; the design reduces impact on solar access for neighbors; they emit less sound; reduce flooding by capturing stormwater; raise the groundwater level, etc.

Estimated costs per person per year for a tiny adobe ADU vs an average main dwelling. The first few structures would cost substantially more than this...editable calculations for cost graph.

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