Q: What is the difference between “Stabilized Earth” and “Rammed Earth”?

For many earth builders, there is no distinction between the two. However, purists would argue that earth walls and earth bricks that use stabilizers, such as Portland cement, are really concrete structures and go against the movement to adopt more “green” alternatives and technologies in home and commercial building structures. For the idealists, however, the practice of using non-green additives to earth is an essential and intermediary stage of the development of a modern Stabilized Earth Science. Building inspectors in many developed countries are reluctant to approve earth-only structures. The adoption of cement, rebar, and waterproofing agents, allows home builders an easier path to meet current building codes.

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