Compressed Earth Block
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.
In the late 1800’s, settlers in the Nebraska Sandhills region of the USA (an area with no trees and soil too sandy for sod walls) were forced to get creative in sourcing building materials for their homes. The arrival of the modern, mechanical baling machine made many things possible, including the invention of the straw-bale wall system.
By the 1940’s, the mass-production of cement and oil-based building materials provided an affordable, attractive housing “package” that’s still common today. Many of these homes strived to recreate the durability of natural materials like stone, but used unchecked quantities of energy-intensive, toxic ingredients. Environmental awareness in the 1970’s and 80’s led to a modern resurgence of straw-bale construction in the USA and worldwide. Today, there are straw-bale homes in all 50 states in the USA, and over 100 in Colorado alone. The introduction of Appendices S and R in the 2015 International Residential Code has further supported and encouraged the growth of straw-bale construction.