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Modern Earth Buildings by M Krayenhoff, R Lindsay, M Hall

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North American modern earth construction

M. Krayenhoff,     Sirewall Inc., Canada

Abstract:

One of the most significant strides forward toward broad implementation of modern earth building is the new ability of rammed earth to perform well in very wet and very cold climates. This paper explores the nuances of heat flow in insulated rammed earth for very hot climates as well as the very cold climates. Techniques to gain the required strength to withstand the forces of erosion (wet/dry and freeze/thaw) are examined. Finally, practical applications of insulated rammed earth in a variety of natural settings are presented to show the scope of what is now possible.

Key words

rammed earth

insulated rammed earth

stabilized insulated rammed earth ...

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