Question on Percentage of clay to sand silt gravel on your site? Also your contract mentioned building codes, building an off the grid home how has that impacted approval for a rammed earth home and would it be possible to build a cob house with existing materials and be approved to build?
Cob is using a mixture of clay sand soil and hay to build structures, very efficient if you have the right soil type. Worth looking at. the soil composition is important for cob, and looking into earth bag homes is another one of my curiosities, thanks again for your response.
I’m not aware of any percentages of clay, sand, silt, and gravel having been calculated. I’m certain those percentages would differ substantially depending on where on the property the samples were taken. I’ll ask around though.
No one has applied to Juab County for a permit to build a rammed-earth home, yet. The County uses the International Building Code as its standard. If that code allows them, it’s likely they’ll be approved, assuming they’ve been signed off by an engineer. Many in our group do plan on building homes using Compressed Earth Blocks (CEB). A group of shareholders are paying to have a CEB press built, and, a new shareholder has purchased all the necessary equipment and plans to set up shop soon at Riverbed Ranch.