Rammed Earth Construction- Pros and Cons

Rammed earth construction is gaining in popularity with home owners seeking to build Eco-friendly. Rammed Earth Construction is basically using the dirt under your feet, or from a local quarry to build a wall, house, shop, or anything else you can think of. Its a great concept since it doesn’t require brick, wood, quarried stone, etc to be used and transported. Everything is local!

rammedearthRammed earth construction is gaining in popularity with home owners seeking to build Eco-friendly. Rammed Earth Construction is basically using the dirt under your feet, or from a local quarry to build a wall, house, shop, or anything else you can think of. Its a great concept since it doesn’t require brick, wood, quarried stone, etc to be used and transported. Everything is local!

Rammed Earth Pros:


  • Great for off-grid living. The thick walls retain heat during the day and slowly release it at nigh.
  • Easy to work with. Can be built with little to no experience.
  • Expense. Done right, you can easily put a lot of “sweat equity” into the building process and save bundles on the construction cost.
  • Easy to acquire building materials that can be had locally.
  • Can stand the test of time, and has proven it.

Rammed Earth Cons:

  • Soil selection is critical. Not any soil can be used. If using it from your own site, you’ll have to figure out what to do with the large holes.
  • If you don’t do it yourself, the labor costs can be expensive. Count on it costing 5-15% more than a conventional home.
  • Colder climates may require added insulation, like a foam wall with stucco on the outside.
  • Due to the difficulty in designing the forms, circular shapes are usually out. Most rammed earth construction is box shaped.

Here are a few sites to get you started on your Rammed Earth research:

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