Discussion of “Earth concrete. Stabilization revisited”

Alastair T.M. Marsh, Andrew Heath, Pete Walker, B. V.Venkatarama Reddy, Guillaume Habert

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Using metrics is an informative approach to compare the effectiveness of cement use in material systems, but does not necessarily consider all factors needed to determine which system is most sustainable. To make a fair comparison, it is necessary to consider the functions cement performs in each system. In this discussion, suggestions are given for how to assess the use of cement as a binding agent in stabilised earth construction. Consideration of structural requirements and durability, life cycle analysis and moisture buffering shows that the effectiveness of cement use depends on more than just embodied carbon and dry compressive strength.

Original languageEnglish
Article number105991
JournalCement and Concrete Research
Early online date4 Feb 2020
Publication statusPublished - 30 Apr 2020


  • Cement stabilisation
  • Earth construction
  • Life cycle analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Building and Construction
  • Materials Science(all)


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