Earth construction handbook: the building material earth in modern architecture

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Wit Press, 2000 - Architecture - 206 pages
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The Earth Construction Handbook is unique in providing a survey of applications and construction techniques for a material which: is naturally available and easy to use with even low craft skills; absorbs and desorbs humidity faster, and to a higher extent, than any other; produces hardly any environmental waste; and balances indoor climate and moisture creating a healthy environment.
It also includes physical data, and explains the material's beneficial qualities and how to maximize these. The information given can be practically applied by engineers, architects, builders, planners, craftsmen and laymen who wish to construct cost-effective buildings which provide a healthy, balanced indoor climate.

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Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgements
7
Properties of earth as a building material
19
Preparation of loam
39
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Gernot Minke is Professor in the Department of Architecture, University of Kassel and director of the Building Research Institute.

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