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Publisher Comments:

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.

Book News Annotation:

This volume explains the design of rammed earth houses for sustainability and longevity. After discussing the evolution of earth building from ancient times to the present, Easton describes techniques for building these houses based on the past thirty years of his experience. Design and materials, the architectural plan and ecological considerations, foundations, and the type of soil are covered, as are form building, soil preparation and compaction, the wall system, and beams and engineering. The incorporation of insulation and mechanical systems and working with the landscape are also explained. Many color illustrations are incorporated throughout. This edition has been revised. Easton is associated with a firm that designs and builds residential and commercial rammed earth structures around the world. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781933392370
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Subject:
Design & Construction
Photographer:
Wright, Cynthia
Author:
Easton, David
Subject:
Construction - General
Subject:
Do-It-Yourself - Masonry
Subject:
General House & Home
Subject:
Environmentally Conscious (Green)
Subject:
Methods & Materials
Subject:
Earth houses
Subject:
Design and construction
Subject:
Sustainability & Green Design
Subject:
General-General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20070631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
274
Dimensions:
10 x 8 in

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