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Nathan Rigg
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Hi I'm interested in an adobe house. We live in the temple, tx area. Our land has black clay, so I realize that I would need to add a good amount of sand to it to work for adobe. However I'd like to use what we have in house construction and I like the adobe homes. I also want a home that stays cool in the summer. I want a practical home that doesn't require air condition to be livable. I understand adobe homes have thermal mass so they cool down at night and release the cool air in the hot day and vice versa. However I'm thinking that it may not be practical here where I live. An earth sheltered home has so much mass it stays constant through seasons because it takes months to cool down a massive hill. An adobe I would think would only be a daily thermal mass build up. So unlike the desert where it gets VERY cold at night and VERY hot in the day, where I live it gets VERY hot in the day(100 degrees sometimes in the summer) however at night the average in the summer is probably low 70s. So in this situation would my adobe house NOT get the cooling it needs at night and just stay hot all the time? I hope I've been clear in my post. Maybe the best thing would be an earth sheltered home.....
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