Mud brick/ Adobe / Rammed Earth is a building material virtually “borrowed“ from the earth 

This material has several advantages over conventional fired clay or concrete masonry.

 

The advantages / disadvantages include:

 

· Low in embodied energy (depending on cement content)

· Use of natural resources and minimal use of manufactured products

· Good sound absorption

· High thermal mass

· Ability to "breathe"

· Suited to a wide range of soils

· Easily manufactured and worked

· Flexibility in design/colour/surface finishes

· Insulation properties poor & similar to those of concrete or brickwork due to high density

· Heavy, recommended for people who are physically fit and have a strong back

· Long lifespan if protected from weather