Definitions for rammed earth
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
a mixture of sand, loam, clay, and other ingredients rammed hard within forms as a building material.
Category: Building Trades, Civil Engineering
Origin of rammed earth:
A construction material made by compressing or packing earth (dirt).
Rammed earth, also known as taipa, tapial, and pisé, is a technique for building walls using the raw materials of earth, chalk, lime and gravel. It is an ancient building method that has seen a revival in recent years as people seek more sustainable building materials and natural building methods. Rammed-earth walls are simple to construct, noncombustible, thermally massive, strong, and durable. They can be labour-intensive to construct without machinery, however, and they are susceptible to water damage if inadequately protected or maintained. Rammed-earth buildings are found on every continent except Antarctica, in a range of environments that includes the temperate and wet regions of northern Europe, semiarid deserts, mountain areas and the tropics. The availability of useful soil and a building design appropriate for local climatic conditions are the factors that favour its use.
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