For over 25 years, Martin Rauch has been at the forefront of research and development in all aspects of rammed-earth construction. Proper design with earth can only come from truly understanding the material, and Rauch shares his knowledge of this construction material in this manual. The publication focuses on structural elements, such as the design and layout of floors, walls, ceilings and openings, explained with detailed information from structures previously realised by Martin Rauch. Various examples help to illustrate how to overcome structural engineering difficulties in earth construction and the design possibilities that result from these solutions. Essays about earth as a material and its particular aspects in the areas of building biology, building physics and construction permits complete this fundamental work.