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jensHi, my name is Jens Jacobsen, I was born in Zimbabwe and graduated Technikon with a Diploma in Mechanical Engineering.

On completion of my studies I worked in the project management team for the Electricity Supply Commission in South Africa and we were responsible for the construction of new power stations. I held this job for several years.

After living in various parts of the world for 10 years, in the mid 90's I decided that it would be best to move to Australia. On arrival I decided to take some time out and travel around the country, learn about my new home and find somewhere to settle down.

It was during my travels that I discovered the most amazing rammed earth house in Alice Springs and I simply fell in love with it, not just with the building but with the whole technique. It was simply perfect as I now knew what I was going to do for work here in Australia.

So on settling in Fremantle I located one of the original Rammed Earth Builders in WA and worked for them. Then over the next year I quickly learned all aspects of this building technique and was soon promoted to the role of project manager.  It was at this point that I decided to start up my own business and the rest is history.


After more than ten years in the industry and more than 70 projects, Jens is now one of the industry masters and specialises in residential projects of all shapes and sizes.  Jens also conducts weekend training workshops where he teaches participants how to build rammed earth walls like an expert.


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