Author(s): Julian Keable
Publisher: Intermediate Technology
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Rammed Earth Structures : A Code of Practice Paperback Publication date: May 1996
Written by Julian Keable.
The book gets right to the “how to” of testing earth for construction of rammed earth (pise’) houses or walls. Well written, and good for beginners interested in all type os earth construciton, including cob and adobe, Details low tech and non-mechanical methodss for DIY builders; no expensive pneumatic tampers are used. Covers rising damp, protecting walls from water, soils, and many soil tests, site selection, winds, formworks, guides for design of forms, addresses termite prevention (less a problem in the US than in Aftica) and shows how to make a layered earthen floor with simple tools.
Simple, easy to follow with good drawings and instruction. Printed in the UK, Some Color pages, color cover, with B&W photos. 128 pages, 8.5 x 11.
Ramming earth has been a method of construction for centuries in various parts of the world. This technique can produce buildings that are strong, durable safe and desirable, and because earth is an abundant and cheap resources, rammed earth buildings are often very economical. To achieve the best results the right techniques for selection and testing of soils must be used to protect walls from water damage and shrinkage. This book aims to show how high standards can be achieved and the criteria on which rammed earth structures and building techniques can be judged.