The healthy and environment-friendly building material clay, in common use for thousands of years, has been enjoying increasing popularity, including in industrialised nations. In hot dry and temperate climate zones, clay offers numerous advantages over other materials. Its particular texture and composition also holds great aesthetic appeal.
This handbook offers a practical systematic overview of the many uses of clay and techniques for processing it. Its properties and physical characteristics are described in knowledgeable detail with numerous accompanying photographs and drawings. The authors presentation reflects the rich and varied experiences gained over thirty years of building earth structures in Germany and abroad.
The ancient method of cob building uses a simple mixture of clay sub-soil, aggregate, straw and water to create solid structural walls built...
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