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Featured space: Ranjeet Mukherjee, former citizen of Auroville;Featuring: Rammed earth walls3. Earth construction is cost-efficientSince typical good soil itself contains sand, gravel, clay and silt, only a couple of other easily available materials (such as cement, alum and lime) are needed for stabilisation and waterproofing. This cuts down costs involved in transportation and procurement. Apart from that, the elementary construction practices eliminate the requirement of skilled labour and heavy machinery, thereby saving considerable cost in comparison to other construction techniques. Plus, earth’s sustainable and low-maintenance nature saves a lot of life cycle cost down the line. In Auroville, a cubic metre of finished CSEB wall is around 17 per cent cheaper than a cubic metre of country-fired brick wall and 51 per cent cheaper than wire-cut brick wall. A cubic metre of finished rammed earth wall is about 18 per cent cheaper than a cubic metre of CSEB wall, 32 per cent cheaper than country-fired brick wall and 60 per cent cheaper than wire cut brick wall. Source: Earthen Architecture for Sustainable HabitatHouzz Forum: What is Sustainability in the Indian Context?
“There’s no foyer or passageway,” Mukherjee continues. “We wanted to avoid wasting any negative space.” Instead, the main door leads directly into the living room, where an L-shaped stone-and-brick seating platform zones the area reserved for guests.“Aside from some basic cane stools and reclining chairs, there was no need to purchase any furniture. We built in the necessary elements in a bid to maximise functionality,” he adds. Paint: Asian Paints