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PRODUCTS

Compressed Earth Blocks

Compressed earth blocks (CEBs) are machine-made adobes. The soil composition used for making CEBs and adobe are nearly identical. However, the CEBs are compressed into more uniform and straight edges, which provides a different look than an adobe wall. Our machinery can produce a variety of shapes to suit your building needs.

We'd love to show you around production yard where we make CEBs and adobes. Contact us to set up a tour or click on button to view short video.  

Making and Building with Compressed Earth Blocks

Step One - Origin of Material

Origin of our material is a nearby quarry 0.75 miles away. We use overburden material from aggregate mining excavations.

The soil is a sandy clay mix with the correct percentages of each to make a suitable block.  

Photo by: Living Craft

Step Two - Manufacturing Site

Once the material is delivered to the site, the manufacturing process begins.  

The fact the material is local and comes from such a short distance gives rise to one of the lowest embodied energy building material available on the market today. 

Step Three - Screening the Soil

The material is screened on-site to approximately 1/2” which is used for block making.

Step Four - Loading the Mixer

The screened material is loaded into the mixer and 6% +/- stabilizer (lime or cement) and 10% water are added. 

Step Five - Loading the Block Machine

The hydrated and stabilized soil is then added to the block machine

Step Six - Block Production

Blocks are ejected from the machine at the rate of 360 per hour.

Step Seven - Wall Construction

Compressed Earth Blocks are structural and do not require any other supporting wall system.  

Compressed Earth Blocks are structural and do not require any other supporting wall system.  

Step Eight - Finished Product

The finished product is timeless and will last for generations, providing a safe and healthy home.  Roughly 1.5 million lime stabilized CEBs were used in the construction of over 400 homes in Loreto Bay, Mexico, as shown in this photo.

Adobe Bricks

Adobe bricks have been produced for over 10,000 years. The same material that is used to make the CEBs is used to make adobes.  Here the mixture is wet and poured into forms on the ground.  The freshly molded bricks can be handled the next day and put into a stack where they are left to air dry. Our specially shaped bricks incorporate services, scaffolding, and reinforcement. The bricks have slight undulation and the finished wall is generally more organic in appearance.

Click here to request a quote for CEB, Adobe Bricks, earth mortar or plaster materials.  Our team will work with you on what size blocks would be most suitable, quantities, delivery options, and design.  

Earthen Mortar and Plasters

We provide screened mortar and earth plaster material for your projects.  CEBs and adobes are laid in the wall using the same material as the blocks, but screened down further for mortar, and even finer for plaster. 

It can be difficult to describe in words the feeling when you are inside a well-constructed earthen home. It could be the fact that natural finishes manage moisture, thus regulating indoor humidity levels, and lowering the chance of mold growth. Or it could be the thermal mass, helping to regulate the inside temperature. Or the fact you’ll never have to paint. Listen to what our home owners have to say:

 

  • "I like the texture and the way they reflect light…the feeling of a dense surrounding. Warmth."

  • "I love the general appearance of my adobe walls. They give the interior a quiet, calm atmosphere. "

  • "I like the feeling of solidity and the sense of mass.”

Visit our friends at Living Craft to see more beautiful images of earthen plaster at www.livingcraft.design