26 Jan '15, 10pm
Earth Rammed Tire Walls
The Earthship Volumes are aimed at making this concept physically available to owner builders. If the methods put forth in these books are followed, the result is a very “substantial living module.” However, if the concept is used but not executed competently with appropriate respect for and understanding the nature of the material, an unsafe building can be the result. This is true of any building technique. This is why we have building inspectors. These building inspectors have a code (the Uniform Building Code – UBC) to follow. This code provides criteria for an inspector to relate to in determining whether a particular building technique is being executed safely or not. The purpose of this building code for bearing and retaining walls made from earth-rammed tires is to provide that same kind of criteria for an inspector to relate to in determining whether a tire buildi...