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Compressed Earth Block

Compressed Earth Block

constr cob block home around window

The use of adobe brick in construction has typically been reserved for either high end homes and very low end homes (because adobe allows for owner construction as well as creation of materials).  This has resulted in a limited market for builders as well as limiting home quality for the mid range homeowner who would love to own a legacy home.

With the growing concerns about environmentally friendly (green) construction in the areas of health and resources as well as the increasing cost of wood, concrete and steel products and their respective environmental concerns, this new source of building material is becoming an increasingly important addition to the industry.

Benefits of Compressed Earth Block

  • Earth friendly construction.100_2172
  • Common availability of resources.
  • Super quiet.
  • Earthquake resistant.
  • Tornado and hurricane resistant.
  • Bullet proof.
  • Fire resistant.
  • Energy efficient.
  • Ease of construction.
  • Super comfortable.
  • Mold proof.
  • No VOC’s (volatile organic compounds).

With the use of compressed earth block a homeowner can alleviate much of the extra cost usually associated with earth construction.   Because the blocks are precise and customizable and with the exterior walls being 12″ or more, a homeowner can eliminate the wall insulation and the need for skilled masons.

Another aspect of compressed earth block to consider is wall construction time.  For a 2000 square foot ranch, and a crew of 6, it would take 5 to 7 days.  Block can be produced nearly year-round as long as the dirt is not frozen.  Although construction time will be longer in the winter, a light freeze will not affect your project using a mortarless system.  Fully stabilized block can be produced for wetter locations as well as those required by code.

The homeowner will have a thermally stable, energy efficient, quiet, bullet proof home that will last for centuries instead of a few decades.
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