Rammed Earth: Improve Indoor Air, Sound Quality With SIREWALL
Many homes and buildings continue to be constructed with forced or recycled air, inadequate ventilation, temperature fluctuations, uncontrolled humidity, and poor sound quality.
SIREWALL buildings are excellent at controlling humidity through the humidity flywheel effect. SIREWALLS bring more than double the mass to a building, which in turn doubles the thermal and humidity flywheel benefits. A British Columbia Institute of Technology study revealed that a SIREWALL building maintains an interior relative humidity in the low 50s, which is ideal for human comfort and an impossible humidity for mold to grow.
What is it like to live in a house that has so much insulation and mass? During a snowy winter power outage, a SIREWALL homeowner recently discovered that temperatures in her home (with no source of heat and subzero temperatures outside) remained comfortable – with no drafts or significant temperature fluctuations.
Perhaps the biggest advantage of passive solar – especially with rising energy prices – is that the heat from the sun is free and untaxed. Essentially, if a new house incorporates passive solar in the design, heating will be free, forever, with no maintenance.
Sound quality is often overlooked in building design. The acoustics in a SIREWALL home or building are impeccable. Outside noise is absorbed through the thick SIREWALLS, while music and sound integrity are remarkably preserved inside.
With unmatched air and sound quality, SIREWALL is ideal for public spaces like community centres, theatres, libraries, art galleries and museums. Commercial spaces like hotels, wineries, restaurants and office buildings are also perfect structures for SIREWALLS.