Yep, them mud buildings definitely look decrepit don’t they? We see them nestled among village scenery and think “not much of a shelter are they”? Well, I would have undoubtedly agreed if my grandfather’s 4-storey building in Obosi, wasn’t built entirely out of mud and is still standing strong and sturdy as the day it was built… and did I mention that is it almost impossible to drive a nail through the building walls? Got your attention didn’t I?
Shocking facts about mud –
Mud buildings can last over 100 years.
Mud mixed with pig urine, among other binders, is made so strong it hardly cracks.
Mud can be used for floors, walls, foundations and even roofing materials.
It is a very good fire retardant.
According to Earth Architecture, half of the world’s population uses buildings made from mud brick or other earthen materials.
It is also effective at keeping houses cool in the summer and warm in colder weather.