The Rammed Earth House

The Rammed Earth House

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The Rammed Earth House is a beautifully illustrated 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 materialsoearthoforward-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 elementsoearth, 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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Product details

  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 200.7 x 251.5 x 20.3mm | 657.71g
  • White River Junction, United States
  • English
  • Revised
  • Revised ed.
  • colour illustrations and drawings
  • 1933392371
  • 9781933392370
  • 163,117

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The beauty and grace of rammed earth construction is described in fascinating detail by David Easton. The photographs of different structures, both modern and ancient, by Cynthia Wright, create a breathtaking glimpse into a building technique that is as old as human history, but exactly suitable for today's resource-conscious and environmentally friendly building needs - Oikos Bookstore
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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.
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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
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About David Easton

David Easton is the founder, along with Cynthia Wright, of Rammed Earth Works (REW Associates), a firm that over the past thirty years has designed and built more than 100 residential and commercial rammed earth structures around the world. They live in Napa, California.
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4 36% (15)
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2 2% (1)
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