Construction Management Department
BS in Construction Management
Scott Kelting, Philip Barlow
Rammed earth is a sustainable building technique that has been around for thousands of years, and is still being used today. It minimizes environmental impacts by reducing the need for the many resources we use to produce building materials. The purpose of this paper is to test soils in San Luis Obispo to see if they contain the strength characteristics needed to build structural components using rammed earth. After the soils have been collected they will be mixed with a small percentage of cement, and compacted into test cylinders. A compressive test will be conducted after 7 days, and the results will be compared to strengths that are appropriate for rammed earth applications. The results will indicate the possibility to build structural components using rammed earth in San Luis Obispo.
Keywords: Rammed Earth, Sustainable Building Practices, Soil Properties, Compressive Strength, Cement Stabilized Rammed Earth.