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Sustainable and affordable rammed earth houses in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia: Development of thermal monitoring techniques

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationStructural Engineering in Australasia – World Standard
PublisherInstitution of Engineers (Australia)
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014


The cost of construction in remote areas of Australia is extremely high due to the need to transport materials, manpower and equipment over long distances. Due to its use of local materials and labour, rammed earth construction offers a potential solution to this problem. This paper introduces the design, construction and monitoring of two rammed earth houses in Kalgoorlie, WA, being built as part of a project to demonstrate the ability of rammed earth structures to maintain comfortable internal conditions without the need for artificial heating and cooling. The monitoring programme is described and results obtained from a numerical analysis are presented. Results for preliminary testing of in-house developed temperature sensors designed to monitor heat flow through rammed earth walls are also discussed.

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  • Rammed earth, Thermal comfort, Thermal mass, Aboriginal Australians

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