Surfaces Of Earth

Basic info is found in Chapter 8.

Earth products can be used for walls and floor surfaces. Their most important quality is that they have a high moisture buffering capacity. They also have good thermal and acoustic properties, and provide a thermal mass that is useful for maintaining stable temperatures in a building.

On wall surfaces earth products are primarily used as renders applied on masonry or concrete. Exterior use of such plasters is not normally recommended in cold climates unless sufficient roof overhang and good surface coating can be assured. Prefabricated blocks and panels for interior wall surfaces are now available in central Europe (Figure 15.6).

15.6

Assembling of clay panels. Source: Claytec.

Assembling of clay panels. Source: Claytec.

15.7

Applying loam plaster. Source: Hock.

15.7

Applying loam plaster. Source: Hock.

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