The Rammed Earth House

The Rammed Earth House

by David Easton, Cynthia Wright

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781603581592
Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing
Publication date: 06/13/2007
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 274
Sales rank: 1,060,461
File size: 29 MB
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About the Author

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

Table of Contents

1. The evolution of earth building
2. The beginning : design and materials
3. The architectural plan
4. Preparing to build
5. Foundations
6. The essential soil
7. The art of form building
8. Soil preparation and compaction
9. Doors, windows, niches, and fireplaces
10. Bond beams and basic engineering principles
11. Insulated walls and mechanical systems
12. Roofs and floors, or, After the wall
13. The house in the garden

What People are Saying About This

Nadav Malin

David Easton's enthusiasm for earth-built houses is contagious. In this book our generation's most experienced rammed earth builder share the gift of his hard-won secrets for making this age-old technology viable today. (Nadav Malin, Environmental Building News)

Peter Whiteley

David Easton's thick-walled homes seem an ideal response to climate and site . . . Visually, they rise seamlessly from the building site, since they are largely made from its soil. Rammed earth structures combine handsome aesthetics with energy-efficient performance. (Peter Whiteley, Sunset)

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