owner builder cost effective
virtually maintenance free
planet earth friendly
highly cyclone resistant
healthy living environment
of the two storey, 45 cm. thick walls
place part time over an 18 month period.
walls were hand rammed within light-weight and easy to handle
forms made of 19mm or 3/4in flooring ply and pine studs.
a corner form and a coffin form.
ramming has given the walls a high
grade of compaction.
some commercial builders of R.E. with financial &
pressures are not acheiving good grades of earth compaction.
adding much more than the correct standard benchmark of
(4 inches) of loose earth layers to forms before each compaction.
errant sub-standard practice is devaluing Rammed Earths
sleepers were used for door and window jambs/ lintels.
rail sleepers were incorporated into the earth forms and
attached to the earth wall sections,
also assisted the follow-on upward forms to be set.
earth I used is a low grade bricklayers loam
yellow in colour& was trucked to my site.
coloured Earth was intentionally chosen to keep
light reflective ambience inside the house.
Deformed reinforcing rod is incorporated
throughout the structure.
The steel rio-rod is anchored to the cement slab foundation
is tied off at the roof plate making the walls
roof of the house highly cyclone resistant!
Stable second hand massive hardwood beams were
for the roof plates and internal spans.
floor facing south.
Passive Solar Design:
of passive solar design in building is of critical
in the climate of global warming.
are all individually responsible for minimalising energy
to begin but in our homes where the majority of our time
is also to our longer term financial advantage to lessen
our future childrens wellbeing on a healthy planet.
awareness of your building block is essential to your
North and solar facing front of the this building
fitted with hi-tech solar guard glass, which
85% ingress of solar heat
the day but retains warmth at night.
Floor photo above shows the south facing windows when opened,
cooling breezes to flow through the upper floor in summer.
Australia & southern hemisphere sunlight & warmth
north, this needs to be the first consideration when planning
orientating your intended home.
Air and light well
internal air and light well ensures warming of the whole
winter and permits a cooling airflow in summer.
conscious passive solar design applied,
the building energy efficient.
verandahs are incorporated around the second floor.
allow verandah joists through the rammed earth walls
brick work was used.
80% of the building work was completed by myself.
had help to lay the concrete slab and to raise the roof.
The challenge of lifting large beams into place was basically
by Tirfor Winch, bamboo tripods & brain cells.
the two five metre 22cm x 45cm hardwood beams
the north glassed face was memorable.
home is situated on an exposed ridge top in west Byron Shire
NSW), with a view of the Border Ranges and Queensland.
the wind and most-times horizontal rain, can reach extreme
2005, over 20 inches (500 millimetres)
rain recorded here in three days.
hardwood forest around the house's perimeter presents an
tropical low pressure cell in 1984 felled a tree top
a temporary dwelling, admittedly this particular
had previously been hit by lightning.
here requires a certain "mountain man" mind set.
the over engineering of the structure, especially the rammed
a protective comfort zone of tranquility
safety in both serene and extreme weather!
building has now been withstanding the elements for over
maintenance goes, little has been done.
repainting to the exterior woodwork.
earth walls are showing no weathering and I can only conclude
structure will be here long after I shuffle off.
promotion of sustainable, low cost & energy effecient
a most important cause in the use of finite natural recources
on over populated planet EARTH.
have carefully observed rammed earth structures around
and collated information from varied scources.
I built the necessary formwork and constructed this home
and had hands-on experience with other rammed earth projects.
am available to consult with any owner builder intending
create a rammed earth home.
Please contact me at the email address below for
in your Rammed Earth project.
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