What is the difference between a compressed earth block and a compressed earth brick?
What are the uses for compressed earth blocks?
Compressed earth blocks and bricks are the material of choice in many cases:
Used to build environmentally friendly houses, compressed earth blocks can make walls with high thermal inertia, radiant walls, and can be added to straw bale and wood houses which are good insulators, but have low inertia. The low carbon footprint of compressed earth blocks create the ultimate environmentally friendly material. The soil to make the bricks is removed from the construction site, no baking, infinitely recyclable …)
Compressed earth bricks may be used for many types of construction: detached houses, garages, workshops, garden sheds, etc …
DIY home building:
The MecoPress, our compressed earth block machine, is easy to use and a good tool for DIY home building. It’s so easy to use, it’s child’s play!
Compressed earth bricks meet many requirements for reconstruction of areas devastated by human or natural disasters (eg Haiti, Libya)
MecoConcept’s compressed earth brick press is extremely suitable for developing countries:
– Ease of implementation (Quick system, no training, no specific qualification required)
– Ease of maintenance (no tools, easy to transport …)
– Logistics: light and portable, the MecoPress can fit into a small pick-up.
Are compressed earth blocks water resistant?
Can I use any type of soil?
Is earth building long lasting?
There are centuries-old structures made with earth, the most famous is undoubtedly the Great Wall of China. Another well-known example is Chan Chan, Peru, a set of 12 700 year old palaces. There are also many earth buildings in France which are many centuries old.
One can also note the Aztec pyramids and the Moroccan Kasbahs.
What is the composition of a compressed earth brick?
One can consider introducing a very small amount of fiber (hemp or another, provided that the fibers are very thin) to act as a drain and remove moisture more efficiently.
Why do I need clay in the soil?
Why cement, lime, or another type of binder?
What is the density of a compressed earth block?
What is the mechanical resistance of a compressed earth block?
What is the heat capacity of a compressed earth block?
Average value: 1000KJ/m³/K:
This means for heating (or cooling) one Kelvin degree in m³ of a brick, you must bring (or recover) 1000kJ: it is the energy produced by a 1kW heater for half an hour.
Note: 1m ³ of a MecoBriq = 5m ² of a wall
Can compressed earth blocks be used for good sound insulation?
What is the power of the MecoPress?
Is it possible to make lintels with the MecoPress?
Can a wall be made of the compressed earth blocks without a mortar?
What is the best type of insulation? Inside or outside?
The inner wall is used as thermal mass, the exterior is just structural, it can be covered with an insulating coating type such as lime/hemp to protect the outisde of the house. Or, you can use a single thickness of brick lined with wood fibreboard, cork, etc…
In any case, it is not necessary to have an insulating layer between the wall of compressed earth bricks and the house’s interior.
What type of foundation? How to start the wall?
What are the dimensions of your compressed earth bricks and blocks? What kind of mold should I order?
How many compressed earth bricks can be pressed an hour?
How much does a MecoPress cost?
At this time, the MecoPress is available for rent only in France and Corsica.
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