After the Ludian earthquake in 2014, most of the rammed-earth buildings in Guangming Village were destroyed. The villagers, who decided to build structures using brick and concrete materials after the earthquake, faced financial difficulties due to the expense of the construction sector.

The developed project offers an innovative construction strategy to solve the problems of villagers problems. For this, rammed soil, which is a traditional material, is given life again in the project.


  • Provides energy saving in the environmental dimension.
  • Reduces construction costs to a level that the residents of the region can afford, in economic terms.
  • Contributed to human relations with the involvement of the local people in the whole structuring process, İn the social dimension.

Let's examine in more detail…

A prototype house was built to test the performance of the respective system.

In the design, which emerged with the idea of ​​providing a comfortable and artistic living space for an elderly couple on limited land, double-glazed windows and an insulated roof were used to improve the thermal performance of the building.

In order to improve the seismic performance, materials such as clay, sand, and grass were used in the wall. At the same time, steel bars and concrete belts were added inside the wall to preserve the structural integrity and prevent vertical cracking.

Tests show that the seismic performance of compacted earth buildings is significantly improved.


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