Proprietor Alan Brooks' introduction to the advantages of stabilised earth building was in constructing his own home in Cervantes, with the input from one of the pioneers of stabilised earth construction in Australia, Giles Hohnen, who went on to establish earth construction as a recognized building method in Western Australia. It was his insistence that it be marketed as Stabilised not Rammed Earth.
The original company was Nambung Stabilised Earth which was started in 1987 and it became Perth Stabilised Earth (PSE) in 1990 when Alan bought Giles Hohnen's business. PSE offers a personalized, bespoke and high quality service using 2 or 3 teams that allows large scale or several projects to be done at any one time.
Why choose Stabilised Earth
Stabilised earth has evolved over the years to become one of the most beautiful, natural building materials on the market. It is used by architects, builders and owner builders because of its many advantages.
Stabilised earth walls can be made from a variety of materials including laterite (gravel), crushed limestone and in more recent times recycled materials including brick and concrete - the city becomes its own quarry! Different blends of these and other materials result in an unlimited palette of colour finishes and textures that are a delightful addition to the look and feel of any building.
The mass of the walls and the absence of sound reverberation produce a quiet, peaceful serenity that can be felt inside its massive walls or when used outside for courtyards or walled gardens.
When designed with a sensitive solar passive approach the huge thermal mass stabilises internal room temperatures saving on heating and cooling costs.
The embodied energy in an earth building compared to the use of highly processed material components add considerable environmental advantages. Stabilised earth has one of the lowest embodied energy of any man made building material.