The list below is far from exhaustive but contains some of the most relevant works on building in earth. Extensive references to works on this subject can found in the two books cited below by Lawrence Keefe and by Peter Walker et al.

Earth Building: Methods and Materials, Repair and Conservation. Lawrence Keefe
Taylor and Francis, London and New York, 2005

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Cob Buildings: a Practical Guide. Jane Schofield and Jill Smallcombe
Privately published 2004. email:

'Brick, Terracotta & Earth' in Practical Building Conservation. J. & N. Ashurst
English Heritage Technical Handbook Vol.2. Gower Technical Press, London 1988

The Cob Builders Handbook. Becky Bee.
Chelsea Green Publishing, Vermont, USA 1997

The Rammed Earth House. David Easton.
Chelsea Green Publishing, Vermont, USA 1996

Eighth International Conference on the Study & Conservation of Earthen Architecture
English Heritage Terra 2000. Preprints, James & James, London, 2000

The Hand Sculpted House. lanto Evans, Michael Smith & Linda Smiley
Chelsea Green Publishing, Vermont, USA, 2002

Earth, The Conservation & Repair of Bowhill, Exeter, Working with Cob. A. Harrison.
English Heritage, 1999

Earth Construction. A Comprehensive Guide. J. Houben & G. Guillaud.
Intermediate Technology Publication / CRATerre-EAG, 1994

Terra Britannica. J. Hurd & B. Gourle
James & James, London, 2000

Rammed Earth Structures. Julian Keable
Intermediate Technology Publication, London, 1996

Clay & Cob Buildings. John McCann.
Shire Album No. 105. Aylesbury, 2004 (3rd Edition)

Earth Construction Handbook. G. Minke.
WIT Press, Southampton, 2000

Building with Earth: A Handbook. John Norton
Intermediate Technology Publications, London, 1997

Dwellings. Paul Oliver.
Phaidon Press, London, 2003

Conservation of Clay and Chalk Buildings. Gordon T. Pearson.
Donhead, London, 1992

Adobe. Orlando Romero & David L.arkin
Houghton Muffin Co., Boston USA

The Cobber's Companion. Michael Smith
A Cob Cottage Publication, 1998

An Architecture for People. The Complete Works of Hassan Fathy. James Steel.
Thames & Hudson, London, 1997

The Earth Builders' Encyclopaedia. Joseph M. Tibbets.
South West Solaradobe School, New Mexico, USA 1988

Conservation of Earth Structures. John Warren
Butterworth Heinemann, 1999

Out of Earth 1994, Out of Earth II 1995, Contemporary Design from Traditional Materials 1997. Linda Watson.
University of Plymouth

Building in Cob, Pise and Stabilised Earth. Clough Williams-Ellis & John & Elizabeth Eastwick-Field, 1947
Re-printed, Donhead, London, 1999

Building with Cob: a Step-by-Step Guide. Adam Weismann and Katy Bruce.
Green Books Dartington 2006.

Rammed Earth Design and Construction Guidelines. Peter Walker, Rowland Keable, Joe Martin, Vasilios Maniatidis.
BRE Press Bracknell 2005.


The Cob Buildings of Devon 1. History, Building Methods & Conservation
Devon Historic Buildings Trust - available here

The Cob Buildings of Devon 2. Repair & Maintenance. Larry Keefe.
Devon Historic Buildings Trust - available here

Appropriate Renders, Plasters & Finishes for Cob and Random Stone Walls in Devon. - available here
Devon Earth Building Association