Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings: Design and Construction

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University of Arizona Press, 1984 - Architecture - 217 pages
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Earth is the oldest and most widely used building material in the world today. It's abundant, inexpensive, and energy-efficient. But if you're building with earth, simplicity of material needn't be an excuse for poor planning. Paul Graham McHenry, author of the best-selling Adobe - Build It Yourself, here provides the most complete, accurate, and factual source of technical information on building with earth. Lavishly illustrated with scores of photographs and drawings, Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings spells out details of: „ soil selection
„ adobe brick manufacturing
„ adobe brick wall construction
„ rammed earth wall construction
„ window and door detailing
„ earth wall finishes
„ foundations
„ floor and roof structures
„ insulation
„ mechanical considerations. Whether you're designing a new building or renovating an existing structure, Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings can show you how to achieve better results.
 

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Contents

chapter
1
chapter
9
EASTERN UNITED STATES
30
AFRICA
40
chapter three
47
PARTICLE SIZE
54
LEVELS OF PRODUCTION
67
STABILIZATION
74
chapter eight
119
LATHING FOR MUD PLASTER
125
COLOR COAT
131
chapter nine
137
ROOF STRUCTURES
145
SUMMARY
152
THERMAL MASS STUDY
158
APPLIED INSULATION
160

SUMMARY
82
MORTARS
88
LABOR PRODUCTION QUANTITIES
95
FILLING AND COMPACTION
104
PUDDLED MUD WALLS
110
WINDOW SILLS
116
chapter thirteen
171
chapter fourteen
185
chapter fifteen
195
appendix
207
Index
213
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