The many benefits of building with rammed earth include superior thermal mass, temperature and noise control, strength and durability, low maintenance, fire proofing, load bearing and pest deterrence, as well as its beauty and the pleasure of building with a natural and environmentally sound material.
The thickness and density of the material slow the penetration of hot or cold and as a result the internal temperature of the building remains stable. This allows the temperature to feel cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
The thickness and density of the walls slow the transmission of noise. This natural unique feature is great if you want to keep noise out from traffic and neighbors. The muting of external noise provides a quieter, more sheltered environment. Rammed earth walls also provide sound insulation between areas with different needs for example between living and sleeping areas.
Strong and Durable
Rammed earth is extremely durable and weather resistant.
Rammed earth walls are extremely low maintenance. Soon after built and sealed, they will require no maintenance for at least 15-20 years.
Rammed earth doesn’t burn. Our walls are thick and monolithic therefore have no vulnerable mortar joints.
Rammed earth walls at 12 inches thick are load bearing. They will not require additional structures to carry weight. Rammed earth walls usually well exceed standard requirements achieved by wood framed homes.
Termites and other pests simply aren’t interested in rammed earth, and as the walls are load bearing it reduces the amount of termite-tempting structural wood. There are no cavities in rammed earth walls for pests to live in, or to use as a route to the roof or other timbers.