Earth used as a building material is often given different names. Scientifically referred to as loam, it is a mixture of clay, silt (very fine sand), sand, and sometimes larger aggregates like gravel or stones. When speaking of handmade unburnt bricks, the terms of “mud bricks” or “adobes” are usually employed, when speaking of compressed unburnt bricks the term “soil blocks” is used. When compacted within a formwork, it is called “rammed earth”.
Facts about Earth as a building material
The following text is an extract from the “Earth Construction Handbook” by Gernot Minke. The book will come out in English soon.
Eco Bricks Brochures
Cement stabilized soil blocks are available as solid blocks and hollow blocks. These blocks are manufactured with properly selected laterite soil and cement mixes, compacted using a suitable machine. Although earth construction was popular in Sri Lanka in the ancient times, stabilized soil blocks manufactured to state of the art technology has gained popularity in the recent past. This popularity has led to greater use of compressed stabilized earth blocks and this trend may continue in all parts of Sri Lanka.
Used for applications in housing, across 45 countries from Australia to Zambia “ECO BRICK”™ uses a combination of Earth and Cement to produce an interlocking, load bearing block that is eco- friendly and enhance the appearance at the same time. Enclosed are some additional details that will be of interest to you explaining more about Earth Compressed Bricks and the benefits of “ECO BRICICK”™. As some one who has already appreciate the life style of living in harmony with nature we would be glad to discuss the opportunities of using the “ECO BRICK”™ to build your home.
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