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A House Made Of Earth

A team at the University of Oklahoma has obtained a grant to put an earthen home to a barrage of tests.

The home would be composed of compressed earth blocks constructed from soil, clay, and cement mixtures.

Earthen homes are said to be earthquake resistant, energy effective, and less costly than traditional homes.

The team has acquired an EPA grant of $14,897 to erect a compressed earth block house and a traditional framed house to National Green Building Standards.

They will analyze the energy, cost, and its overall impact on the environment. The materials are expected to be tested for all environments currently on the planet.

The results are expected to be released through Habitat for Humanity International, their affiliates and any other parties that would be interested.

The University of Oklahoma’s College of Architecture suggests that compressed earthen blocks, also known as CEB, are completely environmentally friendly. CEB are inexpensive to produce and produce less CO2 during production. CEB’s are also bullet proof, insect resistant, and retain heat and cold providing stable interior temperatures. CEB’s are expected to weather better than traditional wood framed homes.

With rising temperatures in summer and colder winters due to global warming these structures could be a whole new way to build sustainable homes.  In Europe, most buildings are built with cinder blocks but CEB’s would be an amazing replacement if the tests back up the product.

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