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ASTM WK64123

New Guide for Design of Earthen Floors

1. Scope

The acquisition, promotion, and dissemination of knowledge, stimulation of research and the development of standards relating to sustainability and sustainable development. The committee shall include environmental, social, economic, and other issues relating to sustainability.
This committee shall support and serve as a resource for other ASTM committees in their activities that include sustainability issues. This support may include dissemination of specific requests for standards throughout ASTM's existing committee base, as well as the maintenance of appropriate liaison relationships internal and external) related to this subject area.
The committee will not duplicate the efforts of existing ASTM technical committees. The work of this committee will be coordinated with other ASTM committees and other organizations having mutual interest.


adobe; alternative building materials; cob; compressed earthen floors; earthen construction; natural building materials; rammed earth construction; sustainability; sealant; varnish; flooring;:


The Guide for Design of Earthen Floors is written to develop a healthy, cheap and sustainable alternative to dirt floors. Over 1 billion people in the world currently are living on dirt floors, leading to bacterial infections, parasites and other pathogens that cause diarrhea, malnutrition and lower retention. Because of this, dirt floors are a major issue and other flooring options are well out of the affordability range of this population. Earthen floors with a soil stabilizer or sealant would provide a flooring option that is 75% cheaper than the cheapest concrete. This standard could help drive initiatives around the world to follow a design guideline in making a sustainable and affordable option for these 1 billion people.

The title and scope are in draft form and are under development within this ASTM Committee.


Developed by Subcommittee: E60.01

Committee: E60

Staff Manager: Kristy Straiton

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Date Initiated: 06-28-2018

Technical Contact: C Michael Donoghue

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