Earthen structures provide solutions to build green and sustainable buildings. Any engineered construction needs guidelines on the production of materials, construction of the structural elements, quality control methods and design guidance. There is lack of universally accepted standards on the production of earth construction materials and construction methods as compared to the standards available on conventional materials. The paper attempts to review the existing standards and norms on the earth construction, and bring out the need for comprehensive standard codes on earth construction. An analysis of the existing standard codes on earth construction has been provided. There are about 70 standards, but there is lack of coherence among the standards and globally acceptable terminology. The paper highlights the points needing attention while developing comprehensive globally applicable standards on different types of construction methods.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTesting and Characterisation of Earth-based Building Materials and Elements
EditorsA. Fabbri, J-C. Morel, J-E. Aubert, Q-B. Bui, D. Gallipoli, B.V. Venkatarama Reddy
Place of PublicationCham, Switzerland
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media B.V.
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9783030832971
ISBN (Print)9783030832964
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 27 Nov 2022

Publication series

NameRILEM State-of-the-Art Reports
ISSN (Print)2213-204X
ISSN (Electronic)2213-2031


  • Adobe
  • Cob
  • Codes
  • Compressed earth
  • Earth construction
  • Rammed earth
  • Standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science (miscellaneous)


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