Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable architecture is an exciting and important field, with many people reviving traditional methods of building and others creating innovations to established practices. Kelly Hart, webmaster of the popular website www.greenhomebuilding.com, posts text and photos featuring what he discovers from around the world.

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Kelly Hart has been involved with green building concepts for much of his life. He has also worked in various fields of communication media, including still photography, cinematography, animation, video production and now website development. Kelly has lived in an earthbag/papercrete home that he built and consults about sustainable building design.

May 03, 2012

Adobe Windmills

I have recently been in correspondence with an Iranian researcher, Mostafa Aref haghi, who has chronicled a tradition in Iran of building adobe windmills. At first I thought that it was virtually impossible to build a windmill using adobe. But then as I studied the material that he sent I came to realize that yes, indeed, it is possible to build a windmill using adobe!


Basically the adobe structure provides support for a vertical wood-bladed mill that can be used to grind grain or put to other use. In some cases the adobe structure can also provide a channel for directing the wind toward the mill. I have posted a PDF file with many pictures and some description of these old structures that can be seen at http://greenhomebuilding.com/pdf/adobewindmills.pdf

5 Comments:

Anonymous Quentin Wilson said...

Stunning. I have never seen or heard of adobe windmills like this. It would appear that besides supporting the top beam that holds the vertical axis, the adobe walls have the potential to channel or even accelerate the wind flow around the blades. Adobe as an energy magnifier!
Quentin Wilson, Director of The Adobe Construction Program at Northern New Mexico College

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Mostafa Arefhaghi said...

Of course, there are adobe windmills at least ten points from Iran. I've been collecting information about them. After editing and revising and sort them I will send to you and Dr. Quentin Wilson

10:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow.... amazing.... is this little first step toward green world... very surprise buy the way they build.. thanx for information...

11:16 PM  
Anonymous Brittany said...

Wow, so interesting! Those photos of the building are so cool. I have a love for adobe--it makes such natural looking architecture and is sustainable and a great insulator! Areas like Iran that don't have much money can teach us so much about sustainability because the luxuries of air conditioning are uncommon

8:30 PM  
Anonymous graham wedderburn said...

Those look so weird to me, I like it.

5:29 AM  

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