About this Research Topic
Earth is one of the oldest and most intensively used natural building material. Around 30% of the world’s population still lives or works in buildings constructed out of the earth. Most of them dwell in simple huts of rural communities or traditionally handcrafted buildings. A growing number of people looking for healthy, environmental-friendly buildings in developed countries experience the benefits of earthen construction materials. In addition, earthen building materials may contribute to the urgently needed circular economy.
However, making earth materials and construction a regular building practice is a significant challenge. The low industrialization level and variable quality of final product properties are the main barriers to the wider use of earth materials. This is partly because many construction techniques include compaction of mixtures (earth with eventual additions) with low water content; due to the natural variability of raw materials and lack of knowledge around them, there is very little access to these techniques. Thus, it is necessary to reinvent soil adaptation and revisit its potential to meet the growing urban demand and climate change awareness. This is a call for the scientific community to intervene and raise awareness on durability, structural performance, and best building practices in the adoption of earth to suit modern lifestyles, and state-of-the art technologies.
The purpose of this Research Topic is gather research articles that demonstrate the effectiveness of innovative concepts on earth-based materials and earth construction techniques, to promote both the reliability of construction stakeholders and the wider use of this ancient material.
We invite researchers to contribute original research articles and review articles. Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
- Earth construction
- Traditional construction techniques
- New technologies for earth construction
- Earth-based materials
- Earth plasters
- Natural and artificial fibre reinforced
- Test methods for earth materials: Standards and guidelines
- Effectiveness of stabilization methods
- Hygrothermal properties of earthen materials
- LCA validation of stabilized and non-stabilized earthen materials
- Earthquake safety in earth structures
- Innovation in earthen architecture
- Learning from earthen architecture during climate change
- Evaluation of risk and protection against environmental effects and disasters of earth buildings
- Principles and methods of conservation
- Structural behaviour, static, dynamic and numerical analysis methods
Keywords: Earth Construction, Earth Materials, Stabilized Earth, Sustainable Construction, Construction Techniques, Life Cycle Assessment
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