My daughter and son in law have just payed of
there land in southern Colorado. Yea!! They are ready to get out the old trailer house and want to build with rammed earth. Does anyone have experience dealing with codes and inspectors on a rammed earth build in Colorado?
I have done a fair amount of residential builds with rammed earth walls in southern Colorado, both Earthbag and slip formed with tractorbucket and my pneumatic tamper, all in non coded counties. This really begs the deciding factor, which country are they in--and are they within city limits?
If no codes, then only electrical and plumbing permits/inspectors.
If coded, then they should have a friendly visit with their permitting department/inspector, and they may need an engineer stamp. They can maybe try to get a permit by offering to build within New Mexico's earthen construction codes (ie post and beam).
What's their soil content?
What's their exterior insulation strategy?
Christopher thank you for your response. Las Animas Co does have a permit and code system that is based on the national code even in rural areas. That said inspectors alowed things that are not normal stick frame construction. At this point my daughter and son in law are gathing information to be more informed when they meet with the building department. They have soil that contains a clay sand mix l would think would be a good base for ramed earth. They are planning to use slip form tamped construction and concidering adding cement to stablize it if necessary but don't have experience with this type of building. It would be great if they could see some of your work and maybe get a few been there done that tips. Thanks Fred
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I was wondering if anyone had any information on Rammed Earth construction in Huerfano County. I will be purchasing land there soon and would like to construct some Rammed Earth structures on the property.