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2.6 Adobe Roof

This comprehensive online course teaches the techniques of building a flat adobe roof using sun-dried adobe bricks. Discover the unique features of this roofing style and how it is used to accommodate a first-floor or attic space in historic homes in India. You will learn how to make adobe bricks and lay them on the roof, as well as the use of leaves as vapour barriers and the placement of glass on the roof. With a focus on practical skills and online learning, this course is a must-have for anyone interested in preserving and reviving traditional building techniques.

Language: English
Duration: 1 hour
Learn at your own pace
Validity: 365Days
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About the course

Adobe roofs are a distinctive form of flat mud roofing that utilizes sun-dried adobe bricks. The adobe bricks, made from mud, are dried in the sun before being employed for construction, resulting in a building material that is both sturdy and free from cracks. Adobe roofing can be observed in historic homes in Nagercoil, Tamil Nadu, where this roofing style is a distinctive feature of the region's architectural heritage. It is typical for these homes to feature a first-floor or attic space, and this roofing style was designed to accommodate this extra floor space. In this online course, you will learn the techniques of making adobe bricks and how to employ them in constructing a flat adobe roof. This roofing style is seen not only in the Konkan region but also in other parts of India, where it continues to serve as a testament to the ingenuity and creativity of the region's builders.

What you'll learn

Section 1: Introduction and Structure

  • Introduction
  • Thannal’s Journey
  • How to Build the structure?
  • Similarities in flat mud roof and adobe roof
  • Different types of holding surface

Section 2: Making of adobe bricks

  • How to make adobe bricks?
  • Mix ratios for adobe bricks
  • How role of lime and fibres can affect the bricks?
  • How to increase strength by adding different materials?

Section 3: Laying roof 

  • Use of leaves as vapour barriers
  • Placing of adobe bricks
  • How to place the glass on roof?
  • Conclusion

Section 4: Finishes

  • Lime plaster
  • Surkhi lime finish
  • Cowdung finish
  • Terracotta tile 

Section 5: References and What’s next?

Section 6: Bonus Content (30 minutes)
Learn about different roofing techniques, and choose one that fits your natural building.



6 Modules | 13 Sessions | 59 min 8 sec Total Time



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