Many traditional design and
construction methods produced homes which were far more energy
efficient than what we have today. There is now a growing interest in
reverting back to some of these ways of building homes.
Rammed earth construction, also known as pisé de terre or simply pisé, is an
old building method that has seen a revival in recent years as people
seek low-impact building materials and natural building methods.
Traditionally, rammed earth buildings were common in arid regions where
wood is in scare supply. New techniques of construction make them even
more solid and easier to work with, and they provide year-round
insulation, quiet, and comfort. Plus, they just feel good to be in.