Compressed Earth Bricks (CEBs)

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Different kinds of presses are used to form bricks out of a mix of clay and aggregate.  Around 3000 pounds per square inch is applied in compression, reducing the original soil volume. The compression strength of a CEB can meet or exceed that of a typical cement brick.

After the bricks are pressed, they are available after a short drying period. The uniformity of the bricks simplifies construction and minimizes the amount of mortar. The bricks are strong, stable, water-resistant and long-lasting.

CEBs use standard bricklaying techniques. Wall construction can be done with unskilled labor encouraging self-sufficiency and community involvement.

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Materials and Methodologies