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Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings: Design and Construction Hardcover – Apr 1984


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  • Hardcover: 234 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Inc (April 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471876771
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471876779
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 22.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,793,361 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A handsomely illustrated text on the design and construction of adobe and rammed earth buildings . . . A must for anyone contemplating or studying adobe or rammed earth construction." --"Choice" "The silence of earth walls is uncanny. The inciting, photograph-laden Adobe and Rammed Earth Buildings is more than a primer; the author addresses engineering and design, too." --"Whole Earth Catalog" "A valuable book, and it works as a force for diversity and practicality that is much needed in American housing." --"Folklore Forum" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A definitive work on earthwall construcrtion.
This book was written to provide technical information to the professional community of architects, engineers, and building officials. It answers most technical questions and provides alternative design details to meet all situations and climates.This provides a technical manual to access this low cost, environmentally oriented basic building material. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By kb design projects on 4 Sep 2009
Format: Paperback
old but still quite valid , very focused on adobe and not so much on rammed earth with the idea that the finish on walls will be a covering ie. plaster and not the natural earth as in presently the norm and fashion .
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63 of 63 people found the following review helpful
Excellent first book on adobe and rammed earth buildings. 9 April 2000
By Mark Carnett - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is easy to read and understand when the author explains adobe and rammed earth buildings. The book seems to be a bit more focused on the details of adobe brick making which is great if that is what you want. The rammed earth sections are very informative but lack some of the construction details. I would have liked to have seen more detailed decriptions with better drawings of forms, for example. The author also has several table having containg soil composition that was a bit too technical for practical use. Overall,I believe this book is well worth the money for an introduction to adobe and rammed earth buildings. Additional books would be needed to learn enough to build one yourself though.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
How to Build Your Own Adobe Home 17 Aug 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is for the individual who wants to and is able to build his/her own home. The details are geared towards someone who is already familiar with building techniques and jargon. If you're planning to design your own adobe home but have a contractor do the actually building of it, you probably don't need to know this much and will be overwhelmed by the information provided.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great Adobe book! 15 Mar 2006
By Lisa Holliday - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is full of great information and is well worth purchasing. For the average consumer it is all you will need. However as an engineer, I wish it had more technical information (shear capacity of adobe walls, etc). I've looked for such a book, but I don't think it exists.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
old, but good. 15 May 2011
By Daaper - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I think this book is a bit dated, which I realize mostly when it discusses 'current' events from the 1980s... but mud and earth change little so the actual building information is helpful to me as a very beginner in earth architecture.
After reading a great amount of the latest available research on adobe and ... 10 Aug 2014
By MythTycoon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
1. Don't buy two books by the author. They are the same thing maybe said a different way.
2. After reading a great amount of the latest available research on adobe and rammed earth my take away message was that it isn't worth the bother. A. Earth is not an insulator. A 12 inch thick wall puts a 12 hour phase delay on thermal transfer. A three foot wall is more phase delay. B. Any time the thermal cycles are not optimal then you need a real insulator. Think of a week of really hot or cold weather. Since a real thermal insulator is required anyway why bother with a building material that the inspectors don't like and has a hard time meeting code.
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