Have you been dying to know what rammed earth is? Well, today is your lucky day. Alternative builder / programmer Richard Schave is here to explain it to us…

Rammed earth is an ancient building technique which was used to build parts of the Great Wall of China. Some regions of France have a 300 year tradition of using rammed earth ? due to high limestone content of the soil which acts as a “cement”, providing superior adhesion and compaction. The building technique has seen a revival in recent years as people seek natural and low-impact building methods.

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  1. Edye January 8, 2006 at 5:21 pm

    Please send me information… Thank you

  2. Bill Betzen November 19, 2005 at 1:40 am

    I am working with my son to build a rammed earth home here in Dallas. Our work is being journaled online at We have noted that many rammed earth walls are not shaded. Due to the high nightime heat levels in Dallas we are planning shaded walls to help promote a cooler home. Will that be enough to avoid A/C?

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