Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth

Ingenious New Building Method Replaces Concrete Block with Rammed Earth

By Zahid Sardar / Photos by Ian Allen
A new spin on rammed-earth construction aims to bring the method to the masses.

David Easton, the founder of a Napa, California, company called Rammed Earth Works, has built more than 300 rammed-earth homes in 35 years. He completed another in 2013, this time with one crucial difference. This relatively modest 3,000-square-foot house was made—without building forms— of rammed-earth blocks.

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