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The Rammed Earth House

The Rammed Earth House

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By (author) David Easton, Illustrated by Cynthia Wright

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  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co
  • Format: Paperback | 274 pages
  • Dimensions: 201mm x 252mm x 20mm | 658g
  • Publication date: 6 July 2007
  • Publication City/Country: White River Junction
  • ISBN 10: 1933392371
  • ISBN 13: 9781933392370
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Color Photos
  • Sales rank: 59,067

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"The Rammed Earth House" is an eye-opening example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials --earth--forward-thinking homebuilders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, and efficient use of natural resources.Rammed earth construction is a step forward into a sustainable future, when homes will combine pleasing aesthetics and intense practicality with a powerful sense of place. Rammed earth homes are built entirely on-site, using basic elements--earth, water, and a little cement. The solid masonry walls permit design flexibility while providing year-round comfort and minimal use of energy. The builder and resident of a rammed earth house will experience the deep satisfaction of creating permanence in a world dominated by the disposable.

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"David has always been a pioneer, and I'm particularly excited about his work bringing rammed earth as an appropriate technology to areas of the developing world. Guided by David's team, rural communities build structures far more permanent and energy efficient than any they had before."--Mike Korchinsky, Founder and CEO, Wildlife Works, Inc.

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The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials - earth - forward thinking home builders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, and efficient use of natural resources. Rammed earth construction is a step forward into a sustainable future, when homes will combine pleasing aesthetics and intense practicality with a powerful sense of place. Rammed earth homes are built entirely on-site, using basic elements - earth, water, and a little cement. The solid masonry walls permit design flexibility while providing year-round comfort and minimal use of energy. The builder and resident of a rammed earth house will experience the deep satisfaction of creating permanence in a world dominated by the disposable.

Table of contents

The evolution of earth building The point of beginning n how design and materials integrate The architectural plan In preparation for building Foundations The essential soil The art of form building Soil preparation and compaction Doors, windows, niches and fireplaces Bond beams and basic engineering principles Electrical and plumbing Roofs and floors, or after the wall The house in the garden