I was particularly interested in Martin Freeny's talk on Earthships and listening to the amazing research he had done. As well as Peter Hickson on the various Building Energy rating schemes and how earth buildings perform under these. This fitted in well with Fei Ngeow's discussion of how earth buildings measured up under a life cycle analysis and the use of e-tool. Steve Dobson also gave a very informative talk with lots of great pictures on rammed earth.
But more fun was to be had getting your hands dirty with the construction of a small outdoor shelter, using mud brick and a clay straw mix, supported like wattle and daub on a bamboo structure. As well as a demonstration rammed earth wall and earth filled pounded tyre wall. A protruding mud brick and a suggestion to do something "creative" led to a flight of fancy and the construction of a "Where the Wild Things Are" style monster, at least it was hidden on the back of the structure, ready to surprise and unsuspecting explorers.
|Monster in the wall
|Mudbrick and clay/straw walls
|More sculptural elements
|Rammed earth in formwork
|Completed rammed earth wall
|Pounded tyre wall
|The mudbrick making machine attached to the back of a tractor
|Corner mudbricks in their molds
|Half and full sized mudbricks drying out