Monday, August 14, 2006

Rammed Earth Builders Course

It would appear that the outstanding Rowland Keable of the building company In Situ is teaching a rammed earth building course in the UK this August 18th to the 20th.

It would also appear that the price is sliding scale from 120 Pounds for student/unwaged to
180 Pounds for waged. ($255.97 to $383.99 CDN @ 1 Pound = $2.13 CDN.)

Short notice, I know, and I apologize.

Hey, but if you aren't able to jet off to the UK at the drop of the hat, GOOD NEWS!

It would appear that Rowland Keable's is teaching a rammed earth building course this September 15th to the 17th.

It would also appear the price is sliding scale from 160 pounds for non-waged ($341.10 CDN) to 250 pounds for waged ($533.04 CDN) and 300 Pounds for high waged ($639.64 CDN.)

Maybe there's still room!
Make the dream happen!

For those who don't know Rowland Keable, perhaps this is a good introduction. In PDF for instant download no less!

Friday, August 11, 2006

The Information Is Out There!

No strangers, only friends we haven't met. Today we got a delightful letter from our friend Dustin. He has a great blog. In said great blog, I found this:

"The passive solar residence is a project architecture student and engineer Rich Michal led as part of the Master of Architecture program at the University of Arizona's College of Architecture, Planning, and Landscape Architecture. The home is born out of the realization that, in 2002, no good examples of passive solar design were available in the sustainable and New Urbanist Community of Civano, in southeast Tucson, Arizona—even among the community’s custom, high thermal mass homes."

Later in the article:

"A common misconception regarding thermal mass is that the outside or exterior face is the important face for thermal storage. In fact, it is the interior or inside four to six inches of the thermal mass that provides the most thermal storage. For this reason all of the interior thermal mass is left exposed or un-insulated

The exterior face of the rammed earth walls, on the other hand, were not insulated so that the aesthetic quality of the natural rammed earth walls could remain exposed. The slight energy savings associated with insulating these 2-foot-thick walls would not justify the amount of resources that would have to be expended—nor would it look as good"

Hey, the whole article is here. Check it out!

Monday, August 07, 2006

There is No Right Answer!

Here is a fun site.
(It's a photo essay documenting the building of a rammed earth pottery studio)

Which then took me here.
(It's a case study of a energy-efficient cast earth home)

And then holy crap did I go here.
(It's a bunch of photos of a staggeringly beautiful and very energy efficient 3000+ square foot cast earth home made in Austin TX...hopefully this cast earth stuff is for everyone too!)

Which naturally made me want to visit here.
(It's a description of cast earth)

To get back on the rammed earth track, I spent a little time here.
(It's a description of rammed earth)

When I was there, I found this, which then led me here.
(It's Leonard Jones' CV and personal web site)

There are all kinds of people all over the world making rammed earth in all kinds of ways. That is what is so beautiful about it--"there is no right answer!"

T H E R E * I S
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A N S W E R !


Yaaaaay! Yaaaaay!

RAMMED * EARTH
IS * FOR

E V E R Y O N E !