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A dwelling having thick walls of blocks cut from an upper layer of grassland (i.e., sod). Houses of this type were constructed quickly by early settlers in the Great Plains of the United States in areas where timber and stone were scarce, suitable clay was not available for making bricks in quantity, but good-quality sod was readily obtainable. Often, constructed partially underground, or built into the side of a hill to provide improved thermal insulation. The walls were usually plastered with clay to promote cleanliness and dryness within the structure, and to reduce or prevent insect infestation. Also see Plains cottage.
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Earth buildings are found all over Estonia, yet Southern Estonia is home to the largest concentration of them.
Additionally, the Black Oaks Center is about to host its first of several earth building workshops to teach the skills of "earth bag construction." Participants will not only learn how to build with this technique, but they will also construct some of the garden walls that were designed during the collaborative design process.
He said there were thousands of earth buildings in Britain which were often too modest to gain listed building status but which formed the essential character of hundreds of conservation areas.
The event takes place in the meeting room of the Friends of the Earth building, 54-57 Allison Street, Birmingham B5 5TH at 7.30pm.
The result is the world's first Whole Earth Building or WEB, as in "web of life," because we took the entire ecosystem into account in its construction and operation, including the soil, water, air, energy, plants, wildlife, people, and community.
Just a few of those that are available include heating/cooling systems that use 50% less energy; geothermal systems that utilize temperatures beneath a home; insulating glass; solar panels; solartubes that can provide light to basements from the second floor; and earth building with natural materials or salvaged materials.
Earth building, such as cob, straw bale, and adobe, is gaining in popularity due to these homes' overall energy efficiency, longevity, beauty, and low environmental impact.
Its basic construction relies on earth building, a centuries-old technology that has taken an evolutionary step forward with the addition of cement, pneumatic tools, and knock-down plywood forms.
More books on earth building began to find their way onto our nightstands, and preliminary sketches of house plans, drawn in the margins of newspapers and on the backs of grocery receipts, were carefully filed into a folder we called "A Turning of the Soil," symbolizing both our dream of building an earth house and our desire to start a more conscientious, purposetul life.
England has a long tradition of earth building dating from the 13th Century before brick buildings took over in the late 19th Century.