Book: «Testing and Characterisation of Earth-based Building Materials and Elements» (2022)

Fabbri A., Morel J.-C., Aubert J.-E., Bui Q.-B., Gallipoli D., Reddy V. (2022) – Testing and Characterisation of Earth-based Building Materials and Elements, Springer, XXV + 296 p., 27 b/w illustrations, 50 illustrations in colour,


This book presents the work done by the RILEM Technical Committee 274-TCE. It focuses on the estimation of the parameters which are necessary to properly design earthen constructions. It provides a compilation of the value classically obtained for the key parameters of earthen materials, a pedagogical presentation of the main testing procedures for earthen materials, their advantage and their drawback and an overview of most standards on earthen materials, whatever their origin and their language.The book is divided into eight chapters. After a general introduction on earthen materials and constructions, the state of the art on the material characterisation technics, the assessment of hygrothermal performance, the mechanical behaviour, seismic resistance and the durability will be presented, each in a dedicated chapter. On the basis of these last chapters, a critical review of the standards which are used for earthen material will be presented in the last chapter. The last chapter is dedicated to the analysis of the environmental potential of earth-based building materials.

Table of contents

  • 1 – General Introduction (Erwan Hamard, Antonin Fabbri, and Jean-Claude Morel)
  • 2 – Characterization of Earth Used in Earth Construction Materials (Jean-Emmanuel Aubert, Paulina Faria, Pascal Maillard, Kouka Amed Jérémy Ouedraogo, Claudiane Ouellet-Plamondon, and Elodie Prud’homme)
  • 3 – Hygrothermal and Acoustic Assessment of Earthen Materials (Antonin Fabbri, Jean-Emmanuel Aubert, Ana Armanda Bras, Paulina Faria, Domenico Gallipoli, Jeanne Goffart, Fionn McGregor, Céline Perlot-Bascoules, and Lucile Soudani)
  • 4 – Mechanical Behaviour of Earth Building Materials (H. N. Abhilash, Erwan Hamard, C. T. S. Beckett, Jean-Claude Morel, Humberto Varum, Dora Silveira, I. Ioannou, and R. Illampas)
  • 5 – Seismic Assessment of Earthen Structures (Quoc-Bao Bui, Ranime El-Nabouch, Lorenzo Miccoli, Jean-Claude Morel, Daniel V. Oliveira, Rui A. Silva, Dora Silveira, Humberto Varum, and Florent Vieux-Champagne)
  • 6 – Durability of Earth Materials: Weathering Agents, Testing Procedures and Stabilisation Methods (Domenico Gallipoli, Agostino W. Bruno, Quoc-Bao Bui, Antonin Fabbri, Paulina Faria, Daniel V. Oliveira, Claudiane Ouellet-Plamondon, and Rui A. Silva)
  • 7 – Codes and Standards on Earth Construction (B. V. Venkatarama Reddy, Jean-Claude Morel, Paulina Faria, P. Fontana, Daniel V. Oliveira, I. Serclerat, P. Walker, and Pascal Maillard)
  • 8 – Environmental Potential of Earth-Based Building Materials: Key Facts and Issues from a Life Cycle Assessment Perspective (Anne Ventura, Claudiane Ouellet-Plamondon, Martin Röck, Torben Hecht, Vincent Roy, Paula Higuera, Thibaut Lecompte, Paulina Faria, Erwan Hamard, Jean-Claude Morel, and Guillaume Habert)


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