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The Mud Hut For A Sustainable Age: Hive Earth

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When Joelle Eyeson and her organization Hive Earth set out to address housing problems in Ghana, their goal was to provide structures that were both eco-friendly and affordable. For instance, building with cement is especially bad for air quality in Ghana's hot climate, so they came up with an alternative: their "rammed earth" technique combines laterite, clay and granite chips for a cheaper, more sustainable material that eliminates 95% of the toxic cement.

This is just one of the innovations they are incorporating into their homes to make them not just more sustainable, but more livable as well. They've also come up with a ventilation method that utilizes a solar pump, an arrangement that costs $300 to install–and nothing to operate.

"When we discovered the rammed earth technique we thought it was great because it is basically like the traditional mud house, but updated," Eyeson says. "It's a tried and tested technique that's been around for centuries."

For the whole story, you can find the DW article here.

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