Boots on the Ground: Why doesn't everyone build with rammed earth?

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  • Published on:  3/20/2020
  • Part of "High Performance Design Meets Boots on the Ground" - Toronto Ontario, March 11, 2020.

    Presenter: Sylvia Cook, Aerecura Sustainable Builders

    A decade ago, Sylvia made a shift from teaching Physics to sustainable building, following a lifelong passion for environmentalism. Rammed earth now forms the core of that passion as she works to use its potential for changing the building industry to incorporate sustainability, energy efficiency, low embodied energy and fundamental social justice.

    “Why doesn’t everyone build this way?” is the most frequently asked question by visitors who come to tour our rammed earth home. This talk explores answers to this question, including: unfamiliarity with this material, despite its ancient history and widespread global use;;concerns about ‘dirt’ being susceptible to our climate, rather than the stability of re-created stone
    fears about building a ‘mud hut’ instead of a modern building with upscale potential;beliefs that any form of sustainable building involves sacrificing comfort, whereas rammed earth provides comfort far beyond the usual standardwith consistent temperature, humidity and excellent indoor air quality; alternative building methods, including rammed earth, are expensive, without consideration of the total human, societal and environmental cost of projects.

    Syvlia Cook is a rammed earth builder: A decade ago, Sylvia made a shift from teaching physics to sustainable building, following a lifelong passion for environmentalism. Rammed earth now forms the core of that passion as she works to use its potential for changing the building industry to incorporate sustainability, energy efficiency, low embodied energy and fundamental social justice.
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