New Rammed Earth Design: Tough, Eco-Correct, & Very Chic
While people have built houses out of earth over the millennia, a new take on “rammed earth” building now makes it possible to make buildings out of earth that are both modern looking, elegant and extremely strong.
Rammed earth walls that comprise both interior and exterior face in one integrated piece makes this building technology waste-free and easy on the environment.
SIREWALL has updated the ancient technique by including rebar, cement, and insulation inside. The rebar provides earthquake-proof protection, and a 4″ layer of insulation barrier prevents any dampness from traveling through the earth from outside.
It costs about $6,000 per wall that is up to 22″ thick. However, that wall includes all the additional requirements that are normally provided separately, like framing, acoustical barriers, insulation, both the final interior and the exterior finishes – all as one integrated unit.
Rammed earth can even be used to build details within a house. Stairs and banisters and other internal details can be made using rammed earth. Modern construction techniques can be easily added with this technology, as in this stair banister-to-glass detail.