Ricecrete — 4 Comments

  1. I’m considering doing light clay or rice crete (with a plaster finish) in the 4” walls of my tiny house on wheels I’m building this summer in Northern California. The roof and floor will be well insulated and it’s a mild climate so I think that the walls not being super insulated will be okay. I don’t plan to move the house often or far, and understand there may be cracks in the plaster but that I can repair that. Any feedback, concerns, major things I’m overlooking and need to consider? Thank you so much! I am very inspired.
    I was excited about light straw but when I heard about rice Crete and that it’s lighter weight, more insulative and less mold prone, I was drawn in. Of course lime is extracted and that’s a draw back.

    I’m still deciding if I should do modified post and beam or conventional 2×4 framing.

    • I think that ricecrete could work for you, especially if you follow Michael’s directions. Lime is extracted, but it does reabsorb co2 from the atmosphere as it cures.

  2. This is a great idea, thank you for posting! I am about to buid a hybrid earthship adapted for my climate here in northern Thailand. I want to use tires to hold back a berm, but then I want to use bags of rice husks to build the walls of the rooms, which help to dry the air in our humid climate. But I did not know what to put in between. So I will think about ricecrete… Seems like a great idea!

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