Has anyone here done any research into the method of building with cob?
Cob is a mixture of clay, sand & straw, mixed up in batches and used like adobe. Houses can be built very cheaply out of these materials. The thermal mass means they're easy to heat and cool.
It's a form of "green" building but unfortunately none of the "green" builders I've spoken to in Michigan seem to know much about it. One told me that he felt Michigan's climate wouldn't allow for such structures, but there are cob homes in Canada, so I don't see how Michigan would be different.
This is the material that was used for hundreds of years in Europe, and there are cob buildings still standing after 700+ years over there.
It's fireproof, earthquake proof, and easy to work with. Many single women have built their own homes (actually did all of the labor) out of cob. It's cool, because you can sculpt with it and make rounded rooms, built-in countertops, etc. It's really a neat thing and could improve the lives of a lot of folks.
A lot of people who never could afford to build a traditional stick built home could have a really nice house if cob building were to become mainstream. A lot of trailer parks would go out of business. A lot of apartment dwellers could be home owners.
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