Rammed Earth Solar Homes updated PPT

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Rammed Earth construction process at Branch Szekely Residence
1982 Linda Vista West Road, Orical AZ. 85623 (P.O.Box 654)

General Contractor: Quentin Branch, Rammed Earth Solar Homes Inc.
Architect: Toby Branch AIA, LEED AP. Branch Architecture Studio L.L.C.
Structural Engineer: Steve Hess P.E., S.E.
Electrical Contractor: Arnold Belasco, President, Belasco Electrical

SUSTAINABEL DESIGN FEATURES:

• The 3,000 S.F. single family residence includes three bedrooms two bathrooms and a powder room. In addition to the residence the site includes a tool shed, canning shed, greenhouse and community garden all utilizing walls built of earth from nearby quarries.

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Rammed Earth Solar Homes updated PPT

  1. 1. RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. www.rammedearthhomes.com Rammed Earth Construction Process of the Branch / Szekely Residence
  2. 2. The Branch / Szekely Residence, is a Rammed Earth Solar Home Inc. construction laboratory and educational seminar workshop, located in Oracle, Arizona. www.rammedearthhomes.com Views of site Before and AfterRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  3. 3. The 3000 SF. Schematic Floor Plan concept was based on the existing garden shed and other surrounding rammed earth accessory structures.South facing window orientationsdo not exceed more than15 degrees ether side ofdue south for proper wintersolar heat gain. RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  4. 4. Project Team:General Contractor: Quentin Branch, Rammed Earth Solar Homes Inc.Architect: Toby Branch AIA, LEED AP. Branch Architecture Studio L.L.C.Structural Engineer: Steve Hess P.E., S.E.Electrical Contractor: Arnold Belasco, President, Belasco ElectricalSUSTAINABEL DESIGN FEATURES:• 3,000 S.F. single family residence includes 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and a powder room.Site features include a tool shed, canning shed, greenhouse and community garden allutilizing walls built of earth from on site or nearby quarries.• Passive-solar design in each structure, resulting in almost no need for mechanical heating orcooling. 24” thick rammed earth walls provide the heat or cool sink needed. South-facing viewwindows and clerestory windows provide the necessary solar gain during winter months formost if not all of the heating needs.• High efficient radiant in-floor heat in bathrooms and dressing rooms on the North side of theresidence provide comfort and back up heat during periods of extended cold cloudy days.High efficiency ‘Solar Chill’ Evaporative coolers with DC power for easy connection toPhotovoltaic Panels are planned for the hottest times of the summer. The primary coolingduring spring and fall will be provided by passive cross ventilation. RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  5. 5. SUSTAINABEL DESIGN FEATURES:• The Tool shed has a cool tower for passive cooling during summer months.• Reclaimed materials are used in doors, windows, plumbing fixtures, and cabinetry.• No sheetrock, no paint, and no plaster are used, the rammed earth walls are the primaryfinish. The rammed earth walls are mixed with natural pigments for color enhancement.interior finish materials are colored by nature – rusted steel and natural hemp wall-coverings,San Luis adobe flooring, and brick flooring.• Water catchment and underground collection system for 88,000 gallons of rainwater, withphotovoltaic-powered pump. The site design incorporates storm water control as the primarymeans for water collection for garden irrigation.• On site is 6,000 square feet of organic community vegetable, fruit and nut garden, andhomes for chickens, ducks and turkeys, all providing vegetables, eggs and meat for the localfarmers market and the neighborhood community. Local neighborhood horse stables providenatural fertilizer resource for the garden. Beneficial insects and composted insect-casing forthe organic garden are supplied by a local company Arbico. RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  6. 6. • Lavender Landscape fill ¼” minus gravel • Foundation Layout • Excavating Foundations RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  7. 7. SET UP BATTER BOARDS AND STIRING-LINESVERIFY FOOTING DEPTH PERTHE SOILS REPORTRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  8. 8. BATTER BOARDS ARE USED FOR MASTER BEDROOM WILL BE 3 FEET VERTICAL MEASUREMENT AND ABOVE LIVING ROOM FLOOR LEVEL PERFECT SQUARERAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  9. 9. FOUNDATION STAIR-STEPS UP THE HILL CONCRETE IS POURED AT 4½- INCH SLUMPRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  10. 10. THE CONCRETE FOOTING IS VERTICAL DOWELS WILL ATTACH STEMTHOROUGHLY VIBRATED WALL TO FOUNDATIONRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  11. 11. STRING LINE AND PLUMB BOB PRECISELY CONCRETE WILL BE POURED TO THE TOP LOCATE THE BUILDING CORNER OF BATTER BOARD LEVELRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  12. 12. BLOCK OUT TO PROVIDE SPACE FOR STEM WALL CONCRETE IS POURED LEVEL STEEL POST BASERAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  13. 13. STEM WALL CONCRETE IS POURED AT BLOCK-OUT FOR BEDROOM DOOR IN 4½ - INCH SLUMP AND VIBRATED CONCRETE STEM WALLRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  14. 14. THE CONCRETE TRUCK CHUTE LOADS THE LULL TRACTOR WILL BOOM OUT TO LULL (SKYTRACK) BUCKET REACH THE FARSIDE OF THE ROOMRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  15. 15. THE LULL REACH-OVER TRACTOR BLOCK OUT FOR 6” X 6” STEEL POST POURS THE FAR SIDE OF THE ROOM BASE IN FOREGROUNDRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  16. 16. SEISMIC STEEL POST ROOF BRACING WATER PRESSURE TEST ON PEX TUBINGRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  17. 17. MOUNTAIN VIEWS TO SOUTH THROUGH STEEL POST THROUGH BLOCK-OUT SPACE SOUTH END OF MASTER BEDROOM IN STEM WALLRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  18. 18. DRY-MIX PORTLAND CEMENT AND SPRINKLE WATER UNTIL MOIST (NOT COLOR INTO DIRT. FOR EACH 1,000 WET) FOR OPTIMUM RAMMED EARTH POUNDS OF DIRT, ADD ONE 94-POUND COMPACTION. BAG OF PORTLAND CEMENT.RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  19. 19. TAMPING DIRT INTO FORMS IN 8”- 9” PNEUMATIC TAMPER ON COMPACTED LAYERS. DIRT IS PLACED BY A FRONT- LAYER OF DIRT SHOWING CRISS-CROSS LOADER INTO FORMS AND SPREAD TAMPING PATTERN. WALLS ARE EVENLY BEFORE TAMPING. GENERALLY 18”– 24” THICK.RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  20. 20. RAMMED EARTH BENCH AT SOUTH WALL OF MASTER SUITE GRAY-WATER PLUMBING OUT TO CATCHMENT STORAGE TANKRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  21. 21. ELECTRICAL CONDUIT IN BOND BEAM STEEL REINFORCING IN BOND BEAMRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  22. 22. ANCHOR PLATE WITH STUDS ANCHOR BOLTS ON BACKSIDE OF STEEL COLUMNRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  23. 23. GLU-LAM WITH TYVEK WRAP FERRULE LOOP IN BOND BEAMRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  24. 24. FRONT-LOADER TRANSFERRING CONCRETE TO LULL BUCKET FRONT-LOADER RECEIVING CONCRETERAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  25. 25. CONCRETE BOND BEAM LULL REACHING OVER TREES WITH CONCRETE TO BOND BEAMRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  26. 26. VIBRATING CONCRETE BOND BEAM FOR A SMOOTH FINISHRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  27. 27. SLOPING BOND BEAM FINISH TROWEL AT BOND BEAMRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  28. 28. NICHE ABOVE MASTER BEDROOM HEADBOARD IN RAMMED EARTH WALLRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  29. 29. KERF PLATES WELDED TO ANCHOR PLATES IN BOND BEAM BEVELING 4 X 12 BEAMSRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  30. 30. 4 X 12 BEAMS LULL PLACING 4 X 12 BEAMRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  31. 31. INSTALLING BEAMS OVER KERF PLATESRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  32. 32. BLACK IRON BOLTS THROUGH BEAM FORMS WITH SCAFFOLDINGRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  33. 33. ROOF FRAMING & STEEL BRACING 1 X 12 WOOD DECKINGRAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  34. 34. RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  35. 35. MASTER BEDROOM SUITERAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  36. 36. STEMWALLS IN PLACE FOR CENTRAL GREAT ROOM.RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  37. 37. CENTRAL GREAT ROOM WALLS AND ROOF INSTALLED.RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  38. 38. GREAT ROOM ENTRY GREAT ROOM FIREPLACE RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process
  39. 39. RAMMED EARTH SOLAR HOMES INC. Branch / Szekely Residence Construction Process

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