The Rammed Earth House

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Jun 13, 2007 - House & Home - 274 pages
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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 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.

 

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I vejust read the preview , and I'm already excited. This is surely going to be my new favourite book.

Contents

The Evolution of Earth Building
3
Design and Materials
37
The Architectural Plan
57
Preparing to Build
75
Foundations
85
The Essential Soil
95
The Art of Form Building
115
Soil Preparation and Compaction
139
Bond Beams and Basic Engineering Principles
175
Insulated Walls and Mechanical Systems
189
Roofs and Floors or After the Wall
203
The House in the Garden
215
How to Identify Soils
235
Restoring the Chew Kee Store
244
Suggested Reading
251
Copyright

Doors Windows Niches and Fireplaces
159

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About the author (2007)

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. David blogs at terrashouse.rammedearthworks.com

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