This gives new meaning to the term “groundbreaking.”
While the rest of us struggle to recycle junk mail, a select few are saving the planet by constructing homes made of rammed earth – locally sourced clay, gravel and sand walls that trump anything Etsy or farmers markets can offer. And though its roots trace back to ancient civilizations, rammed earth walls are rapidly becoming fixtures in the homes of today’s elite.
Rammed earth homes stand the test of time – “indefinitely,” reports the USDA. Unlike adobe or cob mixtures, which are often installed within an existing structure, rammed earth materials are compressed, sometimes with the addition of cement or a stabilizer, in a frame that produces solid walls or bricks with no structural support needed. And because the materials are widely available (and usually nearby), construction waste is minimal.
What’s more, rammed earth walls can absorb heat in daytime and release it at night, significantly reducing energy consumption in certain climates. And the neighbors will love it – they’re inherently soundproof, fireproof and termite-resistant.
Go ahead and rip out that Himalayan pink salt wall - we won’t judge.
Here are just a few examples of what a rammed earth home could look like. For more examples, head here!