Architects, designers, certifiers, builders and clients all need to consider what materials they are specifying in buildings. They must consider potential hazards, nuisance and warranty as well as sustainable, energy efficient, desirable, safe and healthy choices.

Issues such asa age and neglect, flood, warranty claim, fire, termites, insect attack and weathering must all be taken into account. Bushfires, earthquakes and other disasters are also concerns.  How does unfired earth building stack up in some of these areas? Earth building has some real trump cards when examined…