- xiv, 272 p.,  p. of plates : ill. (some col.) ; 26 cm.
- Contents: Ch. 1. The Evolution of Earthbuilding -- Ch. 2. The Point of Beginning -- Ch. 3. The Architectural Plan -- Ch. 4. In Preparation for Building -- Ch. 5. Foundations -- Ch. 6. The Essential Soil -- Ch. 7. The Art of Formbuilding -- Ch. 8. Soil Preparation and Compaction -- Ch. 9. Doors, Windows, Niches, and Nooks -- Ch. 10. Bond Beams and Other Connections -- Ch. 11. After the Wall -- Ch. 12. The House in the Garden -- Builders' Resources: A. A Photographic Step-by-Step -- Builders' Resources: B. A Sample Home Design Program -- Builders' Resources: C. How to Identify Soils -- Builders' Resources: D. Restoring the Chew Kee Store -- Builders' Resources: E. Structural Engineering Design.Includes bibliographical references (p. -265) and index.Summary: The Rammed Earth House is an eye-opening example of how the most dramatic innovations in home design and construction frequently have their origins in the distant past. By rediscovering the most ancient of all building materials - earth - forward thinking home builders can now create structures that set new standards for beauty, durability, and efficient use of natural resources. Rammed earth construction is a step forward into a sustainable future, when homes will combine pleasing aesthetics and intense practicality with a powerful sense of place. Rammed earth homes are built entirely on-site, using basic elements - earth, water, and a little cement. The solid masonry walls permit design flexibility while providing year-round comfort and minimal use of energy. The builder and resident of a rammed earth house will experience the deep satisfaction of creating permanence in a world dominated by the disposable.