The common observation these days is that people are of a more frugal turn of mind. The global financial status quo has been unstable for several years now and many countries around the world have been undergoing a recession. The rising oil prices do not help at all. In Australia, where the energy rate is on the rise due to the new Carbon Tax, household budgets are straining from the pressure and people are doing what they can to conserve power, especially in terms of heating and cooling costs. This is where rammed earth comes in. Top rammed earth home builder Earth Structures is reporting a growing interest in its products and services. "Rammed earth homes have great thermal insulation and cost a lot less to heat in winter and cool in summer, reducing your energy bill and making it easier to deal with financial pressures on the household budget," explains Earth Structures Managing Director Rick Lindsay.
This particular quality of rammed earth has always been highlighted as one of its benefits. "The high R-value of insulated stabilised rammed earth walls is an important feature," asserts Lindsay. "Builders and architects point to the benefit of walls that collect heat from the sun during daylight hours and release that warmth during the night to warm a home."
Experts say that both the heating and cooling systems of a home take large amounts of energy. Researches done for the National Geographic's "The Green Guide" produced the finding that people consume more energy heating their homes than cooling it. Heating can actually account for as much as two-thirds of the annual energy consumption of a home in a cold area and could produce about 8000 pounds of CO2 for natural gas and almost 10000 for electric heat. Air conditioning may not devour as much energy as heating, but in hot areas, it would still be the bigger energy user, producing up to 6,600 pounds of CO2. Whether in hot or cold climate, insulated rammed earth walls can take homes a long way when it comes to saving money and lessening their carbon footprint. "In some geographic locations properly designed rammed earth buildings may even eliminate the need for mechanical heating and cooling systems in a home," points out Lindsay.
Those who are about to start the process of building their own homes will find it worthwhile to go through the list of benefits that rammed earth has. Rammed earth is strong, low-maintenance and perfectly capable of bearing heavy loads, including trusses. It improves air quality of homes on account of the absence of the usual chemicals found in traditional building materials. It also offers decibel reduction, so it's much less noisy to move around a rammed earth structure. Overall, rammed earth houses constitute an intelligent and economical use of readily available natural resources.
Earth Structures is a company that specialises in stabilised rammed earth buildings. It was founded in Victoria, Australia and has since extended its reach internationally to deliver excellent results using rammed earth walling. Those interested in a rammed earth structure as a money-saving investment can visit http://www.earthstructures.com.au .
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