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What are disadvantages to rammed earth homes?
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  1. Rammed earth homes are best suited for desert locations and less suited to areas with colder and rainier climates. If you build one where there is more rainfall than in desert climates, take care to protect the walls from rain as much as possible, and help water drain away from the house.

    Rammed earth homes also are well suited to the desert because their thermal mass keeps the homes cool inside. However, insulation has to be added to rammed earth homes built in cooler climates. The homes are very labor-intensive to build, which makes them relatively expensive. Finally, it can be difficult to get a mortgage, or even zoning, for a rammed earth home, because bankers and city officials don't quite know what to make of them. However, as they become more common, these issues should improve.

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