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The Rammed Earth House [Paperback]

David Easton , Cynthia Wright
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13 Jun 2007
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.

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  • Paperback: 274 pages
  • Publisher: Chelsea Green Publishing Co; 2Rev Ed edition (13 Jun 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933392371
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933392370
  • Product Dimensions: 25.2 x 20.2 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Review for Rammed-Earth House:

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

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.

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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
Format:Paperback
This is a very informative and comprehensive book. I recomend. Though get your technical details elsewhere.
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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
Format:Paperback
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.
16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource! 22 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book with some drawbacks 29 Mar 2008
By Anne M. Fleming - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
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
Format:Paperback
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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