Here are some of the books I recommend to students of adobe. Links to book covers and purchasing options can be found on the “Library Shelf” page. FYI, for many of the older books, Abebooks.com is a more useful (and often less expensive choice) than Amazon.
ADOBE~ build-it-Yourself by P.G. McHenry, 1973, University of AZ Press. “Buzz” McHenry, as we knew him, was a mid-western contractor who became a student to Adobe and a lic. Adobe builder after his family move to NM. He traveled to the Mid-East, studying adobe vaults and domes prior to 1979. He authored the title above which was the first contemporary step-by-step guide to building your own by a professional . It became a best seller around the Southwestern Region. The book was written before the oil embargo of 1973/4 which launched passive solar techniques, so it is not valuable from that perspective. McHenry served on code committees and was an effective ambassador for earthen construction. His book is directed to the average person and a simple, cost-saving approach.
Adobe Houses For Today by Alex and Laura Sánchez, 2001, Sunstone Press. Alex Sánchez is one of the first group of passive solar~adobe designers dating to the late 1970’s near Los Lunas, NM. His wife Laura, a custom home drafter, is perhaps the top Auto-Cad draftsperson for Adobe, one of the few who has managed to refine autocad into a more “artistic” appearance, similar to the hand-crafted drafting of an earlier day. Together, this dynamic duo has produced the book above, which not only is a great teaching tool for Passive Solar Design, but gives the reader access to an assortment of reasonably-priced plans for adobe homes. Alex teaches Auto-Cad today at the Valencia Campus of the Univ. of NM.