Natural cooling and ground temperature

Centre for Appropriate Technology Discussion Structures Natural cooling and ground temperature

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    Louise Coelho

      is using cement something we should really avoid or can be used in moderation? are there any earth plasters that are used or can be made on country? i.e. different types of mud bricks compositions such as hempcrete, adobe or any that the indigenous community makes with the soil found in CYP?

      Luke Barbagallo

        Hi Louise,

        Here is a resource created by CfAT, that explores different housing in remote Australia. There is a perception that rammed earth makes the rest of the structure susceptible to white ants, so I don’t believe it is common.

        In terms of hempcrete, adobe and other non-traditional building materials, if there is a cost benefit argument to be made, it should be explored. Transport costs will always be a factor whether using concrete or other materials.

        Hope this helps you in choosing your direction,


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