Techniques

Poured earth

The poured earth building method is quite similar to building with concrete, because the materials are being mixed the same way using concrete as bonding material. The only difference is that instead of using sand and gravel as we normally do with concrete, we use common earth ( however this earth must have some specific properties). Apart from that less cement is being used.

For these walls no specific maintance is needed, since they are high resistant to the sun and the rain. The ideal earth must be of low percentage in clay. The appropriate tests must be done in order to ensure that the mix doesn’ t shrink or shrinks in a very small degree and can withstand compressive loads of 800- 1200 psi. The use of lime, pozzolan and magnesium oxides can reduce the percentage of cocrete used in the mix up until 50%.

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