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Environmental assessment of rammed earth construction systems


Treloar, G and Owen, CM and Fay, MR, Environmental assessment of rammed earth construction systems, Structural Survey, 19, (2) pp. 99-105. ISSN 0263-080X (2001) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1108/02630800110393680


Present concerns for sustainable development have led to a revival of traditional building practices using natural or recycled resources. There is a perception that buildings constructed from such materials are environmentally benign. This perception is questionable, as often no evaluation is undertaken to assess the associated environmental impacts. Rammed earth is one such construction technology that has seen renewed interest in recent years. The energy required to manufacture materials (i.e. embodied energy) is a significant component of the life cycle energy associated with buildings. This paper assesses the embodied energy of rammed earth construction relative to brick veneer and cavity brick construction. Rammed earth was found to have significantly less embodied energy than cavity brick construction (to which it is closer in thermal performance), but was approximately equivalent to brick veneer construction. Topics of further research identified include thermal performance and strategies for reducing the embodied energy of cement used for earth stabilisation. © 2001, MCB UP Limited

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Built Environment and Design
Research Group:Other built environment and design
Research Field:Other built environment and design not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Other environmental management
Objective Field:Other environmental management not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Owen, CM (Associate Professor Ceridwen Owen)
UTAS Author:Fay, MR (Professor Roger Fay)
ID Code:33481
Year Published:2001
Deposited By:Architecture
Deposited On:2005-07-12
Last Modified:2005-07-12

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