Dachverband Lehm

Dachverband Lehm is a German organization interested in promoting the culture of building with earth. The association sees itself as an umbrella organization for all those interested in earth and earthen building. The organization coordinates and concentrates the various activities of its members. Dachverband Lehm was established in 1992 as an association to promote the culture of building with earth and to represent all those interested or working in the field. Today they are the internationally recognised representative in Germany for clay and earth building. Their work in establishing technical building regulations, the “Lehmbau Regeln”, and their vocational training programme “Specialist for Building with Earth”, recognized by the Chamber of Trade and Commerce, are exemplary in Germany.
Their website offers a series of interesting links regarding international earth building.

3 Replies to “Dachverband Lehm”

  1. The Dachverband Lehm not only co-ordinates the activities of its members, it also provides information for the general public, potential clients etc. on building with earth. 95% of the information on the DVL homepage is also available in English.

    Perhaps of most interest to international visitors is an overview of different building construction techniques and materials common in Germany and Europe. The “Consumer Information” can be downloaded as a PDF in English and German languages.

    We have also begun to develop a case study project library of buildings that make exemplary use of earth as a building material. A two page project description is available as a downloadable PDF for each project.
    At present most projects are in Germany and Europe but the project library will be expanded regularly and there are several project descriptions currently in the pipeline. Suggestions for inclusion are welcome.

  2. Could you please assist me in finding information/sources on the mud buildings in Bam, Iran? How were the buildings in the newly-remodeled town constructed? Mud (what kind and mixed with what), baked in the sun (for how long), or in ovens (at what temperature, how long) or laid up in layers inside forms (how much at a time)? If laid up as blocks instead of formed, are they just blocks laidf (corbelled) and tying three wythes deep together so that interior and exterior layers can’t separate without shearing the mud bricks, or what?) How thick are the walls?

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