Probably the oldest building systems of all, using the living earth as a building material, in adobe, rammed earth, and earth-sheltered construction are gaining renewed acceptance because of the need for sustainable systems of living. In particular the idea of covering a structure with living earth and plants, and using the thermal stability and security provided by the proximity to the ground, is very appealing. However, this type of construction has always been difficult and expensive to achieve, with questionable results. Achieving adequate ventilation and adequate water-proofing in this type of construction has never been easy with traditional methods, and often the result is overbuilt, requiring an extremely strong structure that does not collaborate with the earth surrounding it. The BIOTEKT system has addressed these problems in an entirely new way, using the age old methods of building with earth in conjunction with the space-age technology of composite materials. The inner shell of the buildings is very strong, light, waterproof, and modular, and the earth covering is constructed in such a way that it collaborates structurally with the shell because of its layered construction and the vaulted geometry of the system. This is one of the systems offered by Habitats4Humans.
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