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Light Earth Building: A Handbook for Building with Wood and Earth

Franz Volhard

  • Format: Book

  • Pages: 312

  • Publisher: Birkhauser

  • Date Published: Mar 2016

  • Stock Code: 86214

  • ISBN: 9783035606348

  • Binding: Paperback

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Over the last 30 years, interest has grown in using clay as an environmentally friendly building material that has proved its ideal sustainability for centuries. Light earth constructions, where a wooden framework or timber-framed walls are infilled with clay and fiber material, have extraordinarily solid, structural characteristics.

Earth constructions are no longer considered exotic today, which, in part, is due to this standard work. The publication presents the use of this “old” building material comprehensively and modernly, and contains many practical tips about simplifying designs as well as using prefabricated clay materials in the contemporary construction process. The selected project examples show the diversity of this building material, and the self-build projects demonstrate the beauty of working with lightweight earth using your own hands. The book is aimed at builders, architects and engineers, producers and artisans, as well as self-builders.

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