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Natural Building with North Texas Clay: From Dirt to Blocks to Finished Homes

CEB (Compressed Earth Block) can be adapted to any architectural preference--they make lovely arches and other architectural details. “Decorate with cob,” roof with vaulted arches or domes, have CEB floors, and more. Come learn the ends and outs of building with clay--an ideal DIY project (with the help of fellow classmates or friends).

We have really good clay for building CEB homes in almost all areas of North Central Texas, In addition, it is quite easy to add on to one of these homes. It can start off small, then grow as a family or income grows. That makes it possible to have a home with little or no mortgage. You certainly need knowledge to build with CEB, but no license is needed and a little experience goes a long way.

The seminar is from 12 noon until 6 pm at REI, 4515 LBJ Fwy; Dallas, TX 75244

There is a $30 charge for this class. Again, you must pay in advance because we can not collect money at this location.

It is virtually the same seminar we had on April 27 in Garland. However, the seminar is so packed with knowledge that some have asked to have a chance to repeat it. Yes, you can repeat it if you were at the seminar in Garland for $15--again please pay in advance.

PayPal or Credit Card:
Check or Money Order: Made out to Stuart van Nus, and addressed to 5425 Parry Ave, Dallas, Texas 75223, allowing mail three days to arrive before the start of class.

This seminar is a “prerequisite” for a hands-on CEB construction workshop to be scheduled later in the year.

We will cover 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.

Types of Natural Construction
Earthen Construction
Making Blocks
General Construction Processes
Creating a Foundation
Building Walls
Doors & Windows
Electrical & Plumbing
Vaulted CEB Roofs
Natural Plasters
Earthen Floors

More information daily about CEB construction and this event at

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.

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.

Do bring snacks (or buy "wilderness" snacks from REI) We are not breaking for meals at this seminar so expect an intensive day of learning.

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