Every property builder and homeowner can take a lesson from the story of “The Three Little Pigs.” Three different houses in three different materials — two, made from straw and wood, were destroyed and one, made of bricks, left the trouble-making wolf huffing and puffing in futility. While your home, in this life, is quite safe from the big bad wolf, you certainly need to guarantee that the materials and technique you use for the construction of your property are sturdy enough to withstand just about any element.
One such material and technique will take you back to the ancient origins — one of many — of construction. According to a book on earth architecture, about three billion people on six continents live and work in structures that have been made from this material and technique. It is called rammed earth, which is a method of building walls with a mixture of earth compacted in layers between forms. Here are just some of the reasons why you should consider this type of construction over another.
Get warmth or coolness when you need it, and peace when you seek it. Properties built with rammed earth will generally have walls between 18 to 24 inches thick. This would certainly provide exceptional protection from extreme climates. The thermal mass allows for warmth during the colder season and coolness during hot season, which could translate to excellent energy savings. Aside from stabilised temperature indoors, the thickness of the walls enables for noise reduction — an ideal element for properties that are built near highways and fairly loud areas. Incidentally, the sound insulation is also highly advisable for people who require peace and quiet for work.
Get protection against property destroyers like rodents and termites. Rodents, termites, and other such pests that reduce property values cannot eat their way through the thick, solid earth because it does not include anything they can wolf down. In addition, there are no cavities in the walls so whatever pests are around the area will not be able to make (or chew) their way through.
Get fire protection. What will take years to build might just take a devastating fire minutes to destroy. But not when you’ve used this ancient building construction that uses earth, water, and a bit of cement. The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) tests have shown that a 250mm block can provide four-hour fire resistance while a 150mm block can give fire resistance of 3 hours and 41 minutes.