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Rammed Earth House [Kindle Edition]

David Easton
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The beauty and grace of rammed earth construction is described in fascinating detail by David Easton. The photographs of different structures, both modern and ancient, by Cynthia Wright, create a breathtaking glimpse into a building technique that is as old as human history, but exactly suitable for today's resource-conscious and environmentally friendly building needs - Oikos Bookstore

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The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how dramatic innovations frequently havetheir origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials—earth—homebuilders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, andextraordinarily efficient use of natural resources.Rammed earth marks a step into a sustainable future, when houses combine aesthetics andpracticality with a powerful sense of place. The solid masonry walls permit design flexibility whileproviding year-round comfort and minimal need for added heating or cooling. From the equatorialtropics to the coldest northern latitudes, the builder and resident of a rammed earth house willexperience the satisfaction of creating permanence in a world dominated by the disposable.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, lacks some detail on construction 24 Feb. 1997
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
In Venezuela, South America, there is some interest in reviving an old method of cobnstruction, called "tapial" in spanish (rammed earth).
Many old building remain in South America from the time of the spaniards. The book illustrates how a modern enginee, David Easton, in California, has taken over the problem of building with rammed earth in country where there is very little "tradition", hence know how, on building with rammed earth.
The book lacks detail on the rammed earth system employed by the authors. More drawings and pictures would be very useful to translate modern technology to underdevelopped countries.
Best regards,
Miguel A. Megias, Professor of Engineering
Universidad de Carabobo
Valencia, Venezuela
e-mail mmegias@telcel.net.ve
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 27 July 2009
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This is a very informative and comprehensive book. I recomend. Though get your technical details elsewhere.
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51 of 51 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, lacks some detail on construction 24 Feb. 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
In Venezuela, South America, there is some interest in reviving an old method of cobnstruction, called "tapial" in spanish (rammed earth).
Many old building remain in South America from the time of the spaniards. The book illustrates how a modern enginee, David Easton, in California, has taken over the problem of building with rammed earth in country where there is very little "tradition", hence know how, on building with rammed earth.
The book lacks detail on the rammed earth system employed by the authors. More drawings and pictures would be very useful to translate modern technology to underdevelopped countries.
Best regards,
Miguel A. Megias, Professor of Engineering
Universidad de Carabobo
Valencia, Venezuela
e-mail mmegias@telcel.net.v
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "East Coaster" Looking to use Rammed Earth 5 April 2000
By JOHN K KURTZ - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book in order to find an optimistic source on the subject of rammed earth. David Easton does have a positive attitude about the subject. I enjoyed his enthusiasm. I enjoyed the 10 or so pages of color pictures and the many black and white pictures through the book. Like another reviewer, I felt the book lacked some good engineering sketches and some good pictoral illustrations of the forming systems. I was encouraged enough by his book to want to build a rammed earth house somewhere in the coming years. johnkurtz@comcast.net.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource! 22 Jan. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book, as other books by Real Goods, to be very informative and easy for the layperson to comprehend. David presents the information in a reader friendly style, and the photos greatly enhance the script.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with some drawbacks 29 Mar. 2008
By Anne M. Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a beautiful book, which expanded my respect and knowledge of earth construction. I was formally most familiar with rammed earth tire construction (Earthships, by Michael Reynolds), but this more accessible and palatable version of rammed earth has wider appeal. The book lacks good construction and engineering specs. There are plenty of photos of rammed earth forms, but no technical drawings to help in their construction. I assume that Easton thinks that the subject of form building in concrete construction has been thoroughly covered elsewhere. His discussion of soil testing is impressive (as is the soil testing appendix), but at the same time discouraging. It seems that the likelihood of having proper soil at one's site is slim to nill, though most soil types can be amended with portland cement. I admire his reserve in not advising readers to just dig up their site and use whatever is there, without regard for the future durability and function of the structure. Overall, a good book, but it is absolutely not a step by step construction guide for the novice who is unfamiliar with homebuilding.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A 'must' for any studying alternative housing, and sure to be a popular, repeat lend for any public lending library. 5 Oct. 2007
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
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Any owner/builder who would study up on rammed earth construction, both theory and applied concepts, must have The Rammed Earth House: this edition has been completely revised and pairs color photos by Cynthia Wright with discussions of the art and technology of rammed earth housing. Chapters come from an architect and discuss everything from field testing soil to understanding layout, design, and soil compaction. A 'must' for any studying alternative housing, and sure to be a popular, repeat lend for any public lending library.
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