Rammed Earth History

Pise de terre

Rammed earth, also known as "pise de terre", is an ancient building technique used to construct such historic structures as Hannibal's watchtowers and 820 b.c. structures in ancient Carthage. Portions of the Great Wall of China are rammed earth.

Interest in rammed earth was renewed in this country by federal government architect and engineer Thomas Hibben in the 1930's. He supervised the building of seven rammed earth homes as part of a federal farmstead project in Mount Olive, Alabama, in 1936. Those seven homes are still inhabited today.

Stabilized rammed earth homes and commercial projects have been increasing in popularity in Australia since the 1970's. By 1990 almost 20% of all new homes built in the community on Margaret River were rammed earth.

Concern over energy efficiency and environmental responsibility have turned the attention of the world toward ancient building techniques such as adobe and rammed earth.


We have teamed up with Sims General Building (S.G.B.) to provied the construction of rammed earth walls and Chandler Huston
is consulting part time.

Huston Rammed Earth is a family-owned company with more than 25 years of experience building rammed earth. Years of perfecting modern rammed earth techniques have made Huston Rammed Earth a state-of-the-earth industry leader. Our own custom-built rammed earth pug mill, now known as the Peb 8a, allows us to achieve a smooth mix of soil, water and stabilizer, creating walls of consistent quality and beauty. We build residential, commercial and landscape walls.

Huston Rammed Earth, Inc. has built 18"–36" thick rammed earth walls for homes from 700–10,000 square feet, a civic center, a church, a health center, yard walls for homes and public buildings, fireplaces, gazebos, columns , and rammed earth floors. Our walls are bullet-proof, fire-proof and insect resistant, standing the test of wind and weather in a variety of climates.


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