I have really enjoyed the time spent working with such great people. It has been a lot of fun getting to know my team and I applaud Jesse for what he is trying to accomplish here at the Hive. This place will soon be the best sustainable model of living in the greater Albuquerque area.
I have learned a great deal building the Super-Adobe bench/wall that I will be able to use the rest of my life. The most fascinating part of our project, to me, is the LED lights we placed in the wall using recycled wine bottles. We first had to choose what side and what type of bottles we were going to use. This created a rather long debate on if the bottles should be uniform or all random. Luckily Mitch and I won; the bottles are all the same color and shape.
The part of the wall that will be random is the tile work that will be placed on the wall once it has been plastered. We then had to choose how the LED would go into the bottle (see picture). It was really neat learning how to solder LED’s and wiring them together. I actually ordered myself some LEDs and bought a soldering iron to try and create some of my own lights. I want to place them on my bike, in my house; I actually want to put them everywhere!
We are hooking up these lights in the wall to a photovoltaic panel that we actually created from its raw components. This is another great skill I can see myself using in the future. You can adjust the size of PV panel you are creating to fit the amount of energy you are going to need. Instead of buying a massive panel to power just a little strip of LEDs you can build your own panel the size of picture frame. You can even use a picture frame! This idea has actually helped me come up with a great business idea to help impoverished countries.
The Super-Adobe building method itself has to be one of the most sustainable building methods ever created. Once constructed, these walls are waterproof, wind-proof, fireproof, earthquake-proof and create great insulation. The walls consist of nearly all earth materials (New Mexico requires either a small amount of cement or lime), so these walls are rather inexpensive to make. It would be great if I could travel to other countries and teach them this building method.
Once again, thank you for Jesse and Mitch in making this project possible and for the hard work of my team!