- The Moving to Work Retrospective Evaluation
- Volume 22 Number 3
- Managing Editor: Mark D. Shroder
- Associate Editor: Michelle P. Matuga
Reviving Rammed Earth as a Sustainable Construction Technique
West Virginia University
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
The status quo for single-family home construction has been wood frame construction, commonly called “stick framing” because of the dominant use of 2” x 4” dimensional lumber. Wood frame construction has served the homebuilding community well; however, alternative building approaches are beginning to catch on. The alternative discussed in this article—rammed earth—is actually a historical construction technique that practitioners are reviving.