Nov. 11 & Nov. 18 Lunch & Learns: Rammed Earth Home near Palmer


This  unique “structural rammed earth” home was built in 2015 near Palmer by the Aleutian Housing Authority in collaboration with West Virginia University. It features two foot thick walls that are alternating layers of 8″ earth, 8″ foam, then 8″ more earth and has sensors installed that have tracked moisture, humidity and temperature. It has been lived in for the past few years.


Join us for one or both sessions of this two-part online lunch and learn series to learn about the construction techniques on this rammed earth home. On Nov. 11, we’ll discuss materials, insulation and structural components in a seismically active area (including the 7.1 earthquake in Nov. 2018).On Nov. 18, we will look at performance and cost, with the home using about half the energy of a typical home in the area. Presenters include researchers and builders from West Virginia University and the Aleutian Housing Authority.

Registration required. More info: or 907.229.1982

COST: Free to members/$10 each to non-members *Student and hardship rates available.

1 CEU available – Additional $20

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Nov. 11 2020 | 12-1PM: Rammed Earth Home Materials, Insulation and Structural components

Nov. 18 2020 | 12-1PM: Rammed Earth Home Performance and Cost

Learn more about Rammed Earth Construction:


Bly Windstorm, President, Earth Dwell Ltd.
U.S. representative, North American Rammed Earth Builders Association

Ray Liang, Ph.D.
Research Professor, Civil and Environmental Engineering Constructed Facilities Center, West Virginia University

Additional Commenters:

Kennedy SerrChief Administrative Officer-Construction, Aleutian Housing Authority

Mike Blanford, 
Research Engineer, Affordable Housing Research and Technology Division
Office of Policy Development & Research, US Department of Housing and Urban Development

Hota GangaRao, PhD, P.E., F. ASCE
Maurice A. and Jo Ann Wadsworth, Distinguished Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Director, Constructed Facilities Center
Director, Center for Integration of Composites into Infrastructure
West Virginia University
Morgantown, WV 26506