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  1. Rammed earth walls are not really “breathable”, which is a common misconception. It turns out that they allow some amount of moisture, but not air to pass through. Insulation does not change this dynamic. It is really best to look at engineering literature when it comes to rammed earth as there is a lot more precision needed in doing that kind of building (it seems to me), than with building material such as earthbag. This is partially because the finish of an earthbag is done with plaster, while most rammed earth there is no finish applied after (so you have to get it right while building the wall itself, with a one-shot go).

    Check out the excellent “Essential Rammed Earth Construction” by Tim Krahn.

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