Compressed Earth Block (CEB) will be the building material of our ecovilalge. This seminar covers thermal properties of CEB (cooler in summer; warmer in winter; why that happens), rubble trench foundations, walls, windows & doors (squared or arched openings), lintels, grade beam construction, bond beam construction, CEB vaulted roof, earthen floors, natural plasters, plumbing and electrical, an overview of natural construction methods, details of necessary tools and equipment, CEB machines, and much more--plus ample time for your questions.
There is a $30 charge for this class.
Pay in advance because we can not collect money on city property.
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Types of Natural Construction
General Construction Processes
Creating a Foundation
Doors & Windows
Electrical & Plumbing
Vaulted CEB Roofs
Lots of people have been waiting for this seminar, including me. Stuart van Nus (known to friends as Shalagram) is going to teach us the technical details of Compressed Earth Block (CEB) building.
CEB construction is very similar to adobe, but the blocks are much stronger and more uniform. Compressed Earth Block construction uses manual or hydraulic rams to produce from 100 to 500 blocks per hour out of local clay, sand, and water. A stabilization material is recommended of either lime, Portland cement, or fly ash.
I have had the soil tested in Hunt County from three different locations for making compressed earth blocks. The blocks tested at 2000 PSI or more--close to the strength of concrete while being totally natural, much less expensive, and inherently possible for a DIY project. In addition, you can start with a small home and easily add on as your family and income grows. So it is even possible to never have a mortgage with this unique building material.
CEB homes are architecturally diverse, cost and energy efficient, fire and pest resistant, non-toxic, virtually soundproof, and made from locally available materials--even your own soil if it is suitable.
Compressed earth blocks are remarkably durable. The oldest continuously-occupied buildings in North America are the Taos Pueblos in New Mexico--hand-made adobes--that are 1000 years old.
Shalagram is leaving a career in accounting to enter the more exciting field of building with compressed earth blocks. There will be ample time for questions in this class.
This seminar is a “prerequisite” for a hands-on CEB construction workshop to be scheduled later in the year.