Natural Earth Building TALK + Energy Balancing Tools for EMF Protection Presentation
SEMINAR May 16, 2012 $10 Suggested Donation
Location: Ecoexistence, 766 St. Clair Ave. West, Toronto, Ontario (at Arlington Ave.)
Conducted By: Architect Ingrid Cryns of soma earth ARCHITECT
From 7 to 8 pm, Architect, Ingrid Cryns will give a 1 hour evening talk on the many different ways to use earth as a building material. There will be a short presentation afterwards on EMF Protection from 8 to 8:30 pm.
From Straw bale wall systems that include earth plasters, to earth clay wall systems, to cob, to rammed earth and earth bag. Earth is a truly grounding material that provides thermal mass as well as hygrophilic abilities that allows moisture to wick in and wick right back out again.
There are many different ways to use earth as a building material. From Straw bale wall systems that include earth plasters, to earth clay wall systems, to cob, to rammed earth and earth bag. Earth is a truly grounding material that provides thermal mass as well as hygrophilic abilities that allows moisture to wick in and wick right back out again.
The earth itself has been used recorded as use as a building material since before 8000 BC! Standing still today are many buildings throughout the world that are at least 500 years old. The Great Wall of China was built with rammed earth construction in parts across the plains. Over the last few decades, people have been coming back to discovering that living with a home that has earth in the walls has many desirable properties.
The presentation will entertain you with mud buildings from Yeomen, the Hopi Indians, to the sod houses of the prairies. We will explore the differences of building with solid earth to make buildings with dried, fired or compressed earth bricks. There is a wonderful earth bag building technique from California that is so simple to create. Buildings made with earth alone is good for southern climates, but here in the North, we also need to add insulation to these walls. There are systems that make rammed earth walls with insulation inserted inside the middle and there are also systems that add straw or wood branches or chips integrated into the earth to enhance its insulative properties. My personal favorite is the straw or wood chip clay wall system that has evolved from Germany.
And there are earth plasters that we can place on the surface of a wall – whether it is a straw bale wall, or a fired brick or concrete block wall, or even a drywall surface. Plasters come in a range of mixes that depend on various ingredients used for what your desired end goal might be.
Please come and find out so much more about why you might prefer to be Building with Earth!