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A New Vernacular

The research investigates the possibility of scaling Rammed Earth construction to provide affordable housing with low embodied and operational energy. The pilot project in Amman, Jordan, will set a precedent for countries in similar climate zones and change the global narrative around Rammed Earth construction in urban settings. This will introduce International Building Codes as well as change public perception of recent technologies in Earth construction, allowing it to become an alternative to traditional construction in medium to high-density urban settings. A Rammed Earth and CLT hybrid structure has the potential to meet the urbanization and housing demands in specific regions that meet the goals of the Paris Climate Accord.