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Rammed earth is an ancient method of building. The rammed earth method uses wooden forms that are placed and secured, then damp earth with 10% cement is loaded into them and tamped to total compaction. When the forms are removed, the wall is complete.
Five acres of land can only provide enough lumber for twenty houses, whereas a five-acre pit can provide enough earth for the walls of five thousand homes.
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We worked closely with our engineers to create an earth wall that would both surpass building code requirements for insulation and withstand a major earthquake. The result is a rammed earth wall with the extra strength of steel reinforcing and a small amount of cement. This extra stabilization creates a wall that is virtually indestructible. Our walls also have a core of foam insulation for cold or very hot climates. Thus we have coined the term SIREwall™ (Stabilized, Insulated Rammed Earth).