When: Monday 6 May 2019, 6:15pm General meeting, Guest speaker at 7.30 pm
Where: Function Room (upstairs), The Duke of Welllington Hotel, 192 Macquarie Street, Hobart
Cost: Gold coin donation



Rammed Earth Constructions have become a much loved building material for Australian designers and builders understanding its unique thermal and aesthetic benefits. No other construction techniques offer the same humble majestic construction. In an area of rising concerns for our environmental future, rammed earth constructions can offer low embodied energy, high thermal mass and well insulated external wall systems.

Earth construction has been used for thousands of years. Jericho, one of the oldest cities in the world was build of earth (9000BC). Temples, mosques and churches were built of mud bricks and rammed earth throughout the Mid East. In the Far East, the technique was not only used for buildings, but was also the ancient construction forerunner of the Great Wall of China. Romans and Phoenicians brought this building technique to Europe, where it was used for more than 2000 years ago.

This presentation will demonstrate how this age-old construction technique is still playing an important role in to-day’s contemporary architecture. Examples of ancient rammed earth buildings compared to todays’ modern rammed earth buildings will be part of this presentation. The practical application of ‘how to construct rammed earth buildings will be covered by the experienced builder Andy Powell. He will also be showing some of his buildings he has worked on.

We hope to see you at the meeting. All welcome.


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