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.
Author: David Easton
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
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.
Rammed earth has excellent thermal mass, but its insulating properties are not
sufficient for most areas, considering today's ... 3, May 1943, revised and
reprinted May 1951; "The Rammed Earth House," Anthony F. Merrill, Harper &
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Provides a history of building with earth in the modern era, focusing on projects constructed in the last few decades that use rammed earth, mud brick, compressed earth, cob, and several other techniques made more relevant than ever by ...
Author: Ronald Rael
Publisher: Princeton Architectural Press
Provides a history of building with earth in the modern era, focusing on projects constructed in the last few decades that use rammed earth, mud brick, compressed earth, cob, and several other techniques made more relevant than ever by ecological and economic imperatives. Features over 40 projects.
Rammed Earth After fits and starts, rammed earth is catching on in the U.S. From
the smartly designed modernist works of Tucson architect Rick Joy to the
prowling, pueblo- like custom homes of Soledad Canyon Earth Builders, rammed
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Abstract: This paper presents a case study as part of a Professional Doctorate research project discussing an ecological approach to housing in South Africa, where polymer stabilised earth foundations have been used to support single story ...
Abstract: This paper presents a case study as part of a Professional Doctorate research project discussing an ecological approach to housing in South Africa, where polymer stabilised earth foundations have been used to support single story rammed earth walls, in a house in South Africa. Rammed earth was chosen as a construction method for its low embodied energy and thermal mass characteristics. The subsurface strata upon which the house was built comprised of clayey, gravely, sandy soils that have resulted as a result of decomposition of granitic rocks. In order to ensure solid founding conditions the foundations were excavated to a depth of one and a half metres before the excavated material was stabilised and backfilled. The material was stabilised to 600 mm below top of floor level with 2% Portland cement and above that with a 5% polymer bitumen mixture reinforced with horizontal steel reinforcing rods. This foundation avoids the use of reinforced concrete and as a result a significantly smaller carbon footprint, while fulfilling the functional requirements of supporting the building and preventing rising damp. The polymer has, as it major component is bitumen emulsion, provided a waterproof layer. Rammed earth walls of 500 mm thickness were constructed on the foundation up to 4.2 meters in height and initial observations suggest that the foundations are satisfactory with no settlement or cracking detected.
This book could well be the cornerstone of a modern boom in the popularity of rammed earth. — Stephen Dobson, Ramtec, Western Australia, builder of over 750 rammed earth structures Great for a client, architect, engineer, and builder. — ...
Author: Tim Krahn
Publisher: New Society Publishers
Everything you need to know to build with rammed earth in warm and cold climates. Rammed earth – sand, gravel, and clay or lime/cement binder packed into forms – is a low-energy, high-performance building method, yielding beautiful, sustainable results. It’s thermally stable and can be insulated, can actively modulate humidity, provides a healthy indoor environment, and allows site materials to be used for major structural and building envelope elements. Essential Rammed Earth Construction covers design, building science, tools, and step-by-step building methods for any climate, with a special emphasis on building in cold climates of the northern US, Canada, and northern Europe. Coverage includes:Overview of earthen building Appropriate use of rammed earth walls Stabilized versus raw rammed earth Design considerations, including structural, insulation, and building envelope details Special considerations for cold and freeze-thaw climates Construction drawings, with step-by-step building instructions Tools and labor covering industrial methods, low-tech techniques, formwork options, mix design, budgets, and schedules Codes, inspections, and permits. This guide is an essential resource for experienced builders, DIY home owners, designers, engineers, and architects interested in learning about rammed earth construction.
Building with earth in Scotland . Innovative design and sustainability . Scottish
Executive Central Research Unit , Edinburgh , UK . Maiti SK and Mandal JN (
1985 ) . Rammed earth house construction . Journal Geotechnical Engineering ,
Author: Peter Walker
Publisher: Building Research Establishment
This book presents state-of-the-art practical guidance on material selection, construction, structural design, architectural detailing, maintenance and repair of rammed earth.
The external walls have a thickened weathering jacket with a layer of insulation between it and the rammed-earth core. This produces a wall with a stabilised steady-state U-value of 0.63 W/w2.k.
A 320 M2 four-bedroom family house in southern Victoria, Australia, generally conventional in most respects, has external and many internal walls of system-built rammed earth. The external walls have a thickened weathering jacket with a layer of insulation between it and the rammed-earth core. This produces a wall with a stabilised steady-state U-value of 0.63 W/w2.k. With the wall mass of 660 kg/m2 and the location of the insulation layer, there is a time delay for heat passing through the wall of 10.53 hours. This time delay, plus the ever-changing rate and daily cyclical reversal of heat flow, produce an effective U-value of 0.485 W/m.k.
The second thing I noticed was that rammed earth houses , the ones in the
photographs in the book , were unlike any pictures of modern houses I ' d seen
before . They were simple , and they were beautiful . A rammed earth house is
Author: Jeanne DuPrau
Two women apply the practice of Zen to the building of a house in the California Sierras.
Rammed Earth Walls in Poultry House Construction ( Cooperative With the
Poultry Husbandry Department ) In a cooperative project with the Poultry
Husbandry Department , a common farm sized poultry house with walls of pise or
Author: South Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station. Economics Dept
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