An overview of constructing the light-clay house

Light-clay construction was introduced in Europe in the middle of the 20th century when building materials were expensive and many traditional methods of building with locally available materials, like wattle and daub, rammed earth, adobe, cob and stone were no longer considered warm enough for the temperate and colder climates.

Light-clay construction is versatile and lends itself to utilizing abundant local materials in a variety of creative ways. The technique may be used to build a simple shelter or to form up the walls and ceilings of a family home or public building that survives for generations.

A light-clay building takes a bit more time and human energy than the average modern house, but its materials are inexpensive or free and they are fire-resistant. Chances are you will find the materials you need in your environment.

A light-clay house offers a naturally healthy living space. Made simply, with clay, wood, straw or other organic fibres, it is ideal for people with environmental concerns or sensitivities to some of the toxins found in modern commercial building materials. One can also expect a long-lasting house from light-clay. It is a better insulated version of traditional European buildings that have weathered many centuries.

Light-clay is also an exceptionally suitable building medium for inexperienced builders.

Building With Light-Clay, A Workbook is a detailed and comprehensive account of every step in the process of building your dream shelter.