Why build with earth?
Smaller Carbon Footprint
Earthen materials are locally available and require less energy to process, transport, maintain, and recycle or repurpose at the end of a building’s lifespan than traditional construction. As a result, earthen buildings have a significantly smaller carbon footprint with lower emissions of greenhouse gases contributing to global warming than conventional structures.
More Energy Efficient
Earthen structures require less air conditioning and less operational energy than most conventional buildings. This is due to the high thermal mass that can store heat and modulate daily external temperature changes in the interior.
Healthy & Comfortable
Resilient & Long-Lasting
Important Considerations for Earthen Building
Plan For Moisture
Earthen structures are sensitive to moisture. Earthen elements must be protected before an during construction, and over the lifespan of the building. Building design should consider effects of driving rain, backsplash, flooding, and more. There are proven strategies for addressing these issues in all earthen building types.
Design For The Material
Construction May Take Longer
Earthen construction methods usually take longer than traditional construction methods because earthen building is labor-intensive, requires on-the-job training, and, being very weather dependent, can sometimes take longer to complete than conventional construction.
Work With Experienced Professionals
Being familiar with — and understanding the properties of — earthen materials can prevent many building mistakes. A successful earthen project must provide workers with continual supervision and quality control by an experienced builder/project manager throughout the soil processing and construction phases.