Tuesday, October 11, 2011

What Materials Can You Use?

The materials common in Natural Building are clay and sand which vary in quality and availability depending on geographic location. When mixed with water and, usually, straw or another fiber, the mixture may form cob or adobe (clay blocks). Other materials commonly used in Natural Building are: earth (as rammed earth or earth bag), wood (cordwood or timber frame/post-and-beam), straw bale, rice-hulls, bamboo and rock. A wide variety of reused or recycled materials are common in Natural Building, including urbanite (salvaged chunks of used concrete), tires, tire bales, discarded bottles and other recycled glass.

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