29 May '14, 2pm

What are the environmental pros and cons of rammed earth? #Green #Constructi…

• Rammed earth walls (aka pise) are constructed by the compacting (ramming) of moistened subsoil into place between temporary formwork panels. When dried, the result is a dense, hard monolithic wall. • Rammed earth is an ancient form of construction, usually associated with arid areas. There remain plentiful examples of the form around the world – evidence that rammed earth is a successful and durable way of building. A few historical rammed earth buildings are to be found in the UK. • In recent years, rammed earth has become popular amongst environmentally-conscious architects as well as those seeking an element of exoticism. Contemporary examples include:

Full article: http://www.greenspec.co.uk/building-design/rammed-earth/

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