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The Rammed Earth House
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David Easton
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Chelsea Green Publishing
The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently hvae their origins in the distant past. by rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials--earth--forward-thinking home builders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, and efficient use of natural resources.

Rammed earth construction is a step forward into a sustainable future, when homes will combine pleasing aesthetics and intense practicality with a powerful sense of place. Rammed earth homes are built entirely on-site, using basic elements--earth, water, and a little cement. The solid masonry walls permit design flexibility while providing year-round comfort and minimal use of energy. The builder and resident of a rammed earth house will experience the deep satisfaction of creating permanence in a world dominated by the disposable.

"David Easton's entheusiams for earth-built houses is contagious. In this book our generation's most experienced rammed earth builder shares the gift of his hard-won secrets for making this age-old technology viable today."
-- Nadav Malin, Environmental Building News

"David Easton is either just in front of the leading edge of architectural innovation, or about 200 years behind it."
-- Harrowsmith Country Life

"David Easton's thick-walled homes seem an ideal response to climate and site...Visually, they rise seamlessly from the building site, since they are largely made from its soil. Rammed earth structures combine handsome aesthetics with energy-efficient performance."
-- Peter Whiteley, Sunset

David Easton is the founder, along with Cynthia Wright, of Rammed Earth Works (REW Associates), a company that over the past twenty years has designed and built more than one hundred rammed earth structures for residential and commercial clients around the world. They live in Napa, Californa.