Dale Hodgins wrote: One batch of clay slurry will allow me to produce about 3 tons of finished cob.
Brian Knight wrote:Mechanization to reduce labor costs for green building techniques? To me that means SIPS.
Brian Knight wrote:
Oak Ridge National Labs has done the most research on thermal mass benefits and from what I recall, Bakersfield CA and Phoenix are the only two areas of the US that thermal mass only walls can make sense. Both of which are high desert areas with consistent wide dirurnal swings.
Brian Knight wrote:I would say the major deficiency of NA home building is air infiltration followed by insulation. Thermal Mass is way down the list after the likes of attached garages, ducts in unconditioned spaces, and ventilated crawls and attics.
Brian Knight wrote:I agree with carpeting being a bad idea but forced air is one of the greatest things most homes can have.
Marty Pixley wrote:
It means an air driven tamper rather than a hand held hammer to tamp the earth into tires.
Brian Knight wrote:Thanks Andrew. I dont want to hijack Dales wonderful thread so I will keep my comments here shorter than I want, now and in the future. I think this thread would be better titled: mechanized techniques for earthen wall construction.
Mechanizing green building can just mean so many things. To me, the greenest homes are those that use the least amount of monthly, energy and have the healthiest indoor air quality.
For those of you that would like to engage in some good hearted debate about all this, please start a new thread because I obviously dont belong in an Earthen wall thread!