A rammed earth and concrete wall system for sustainable housing

Patnaikuni, I, Molyneaux, T and Novotny, J 2008, 'A rammed earth and concrete wall system for sustainable housing', in Y.M. Xie and I. Patnaikuni (ed.) Innovations in Structural Engineering and Construction, Melbourne, Australia, 26-28 September 2007, pp. 287-291.


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Title A rammed earth and concrete wall system for sustainable housing
Author(s) Patnaikuni, I
Molyneaux, T
Novotny, J
Year 2008
Conference name Fourth International Conference on Structural Engineering and Construction (ISEC-4)
Conference location Melbourne, Australia
Conference dates 26-28 September 2007
Proceedings title Innovations in Structural Engineering and Construction
Editor(s) Y.M. Xie and I. Patnaikuni
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Place of publication United Kingdom
Start page 287
End page 291
Total pages 5
Abstract The environmental impact of housing is a significant factor in greenhouse gas emissions. Consequently Australia has recently introduced legislation to control the environmental impact of future construction by imposing energy efficiency targets. This has highlighted not only the poor thermal performance of conventional housing (operating energy) but also the irrationality of ignoring the significant environmental impact of the building process itself (the embodied energy). Consequently there is a need for developments in sustainable building techniques. The project reported here focuses on a concrete surface and rammed earth core walling system that promises significant improvements in environmental impact, comfort and cost (construction and running cost). The construction uses mainly local natural materials with little high energy processing thus reducing the embodied energy of the construction. In addition to using local materials, only basic building skills are required and hence the system is ideally suited to rural areas and has potentially world-wide application. The paper presents a discussion of the efficiency of such high thermal mass solutions and describes the construction process.
Subjects Construction Materials
Keyword(s) Alkali activated slag
mortar
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