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Advantages and Disadvantages of Earth Rammed Houses

Advantages and disadvantages of earth rammed housing

The idea of earth rammed houses have become more popular in the western world as more environmentally friendly construction techniques are sought after. Earth rammed houses are exactly what they sound like, they are houses that are built from rammed earth. 


The concept of earth rammed houses has been around since ancient times and can not only be used in constructing houses but also other structures such as walls or sheds.

Advantages of Earth Rammed Houses

Thermal Qualities

Rammed earth has excellent thermal qualities. It heats up slowly during the day and releases heat during the evening.

Natural Soundproofing

The thickness and density of the walls lead to natural soundproofing.

Virtually Fireproof

The properties of earth rammed walls do not conduct fire easily in comparison to other typical construction materials such as wood.

Economically Viable

Earth rammed houses are relatively cost-efficient to build due to the materials being cheap to buy.

Energy Efficient

The heat retention qualities previously mentioned makes for earth rammed houses to be energy efficient saving you money on your utility bills.

Breathable Walls

Allows more air exchange than concrete structures, as the materials allow the building to breathe. This avoids condensation issues without significant heat loss

Resistant to Termites

Another advantageous property of earth rammed walls is that they are resistant to termites.

Earthquake Resistance

Can be used to build and design earthquake-resistant buildings due to their compactness.

Disadvantages of Earth Rammed Houses

Not a Good Insulator

Not a good insulator as rammed earth often requires insulation in colder climates. In this case, it is similar to brick and concrete buildings.

Overhanging Roof Needed

Can be used in wetter climates but must be protected from heavy rain by an overhanging roof.

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