Earth Building: Methods and Materials, Repair and Conservation

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Taylor & Francis, 2005 - Architecture - 196 pages
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Buildings with load-bearing earth walls were once widespread throughout Britain and many thousands still survive, including some dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Earth is the ultimate form of 'green' building construction, creating no environmental pollutions and consuming virtually no energy. Subsoil can be dug from or near the site to construct buildings that will meet modern needs and conform to the latest building regulations.

This book describes all aspects of earth building, explaining how earth performs as a building material and providing guidance on how best to repair and conserve existing earth buildings.

 

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Contents

methods and materials
1
Chapter 1 Earth building in Britain international context and historical background
7
soils for use in building
30
preparation and mixing
51
the building process
71
Chapter 5 Standards and regulations
101
Part 2 The conservation repair and maintenance of earth buildings
125
Chapter 6 The principal causes of failure in earth walls and how to recognise them
131
Chapter 7 The diagnostic survey and repair of earth buildings
158
Organisations
188
Bibliography
190
Index
193
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Laurence Keefe, Dip. Arch. Cons., M.Phil.

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