CEB build for Discovery Channel’s "Building Off The GRID

  

In December 2018, AECT was invited to build a CEB home for the TV show Building Off The Grid. Over the course of five months, with a small (3 members on an average day) crew, AECT built a beautiful 1,000 square foot CEB home using AECT compressed earth block machines! 



  

The team started by manufacturing the 9,500 CEBs needed to complete the build. The 6,500 exterior earth blocks were stabilized with approximately 8% portland cement…while the 3,000 interior earth blocks were un-stabilized.  

Newly completed compressed earth block home

AECT 2500 CEB machine at work

We used an AECT 2500 compressed earth block machine to make several thousand CEBs for this house build.  Find out more information about the AECT 2500 machine here:  https://aectearthblock.com/2500hd-series 

A nice stack of AECT 6" x 12" CEBs

Nice looking stack of 6" x 12" x 3.5" cement stabilized CEBs

  

The stabilized CEBs were laid on a rubble-trench foundation and kept plumb and level using story poles.

First course of compressed earth blocks on a CEB home build

First course of compressed earth blocks

Walls going up on a compressed earth block home

Story poles set up on all corners to help keep earth blocks straight

Window and door frames going up on a compressed earth block home build

Window and door frames in place

A compressed earth block home under construction

Exterior CEB walls complete and roof going on

  

One last push of un-stabilized compressed earth blocks for the interior walls.  These CEBs were made using an AECT Impact 2001A compressed earth block machine.

Our President, Ryan Runge, with some freshly made 6" x 12" CEBs

Ryan with a conveyor full of compressed earth blocks fresh out of the AECT 2001A Impact CEB machine

Interior compressed earth block walls going up in a CEB home

Un-stabilized CEBs can go right onto the wall as soon as they come out of the earth block machine

Interior walls complete on a CEB home

The interior earth block walls are complete and ready for the American Clay finish

Our President, Ryan Runge, applying a clay plaster to a CEB wall

Ryan applying American Clay to the earthen walls

A scratch coat of earthen material was applied to the CEB walls and allowed to dry before applying the American Clay finish coat.  This wall covering is all-natural, breathable, and beautiful!  

A finished compressed earth block wall

The American Clay finish looks amazing!

Finished CEB walls and earthen floor

Our CEB house was move-in ready four months and 26 days after breaking ground

Finished CEB walls and earthen floor
A CEB doorway, with an earth block arch
A newly completed compressed earth block house

Call or email today for quotes on machines, blocks, home builds, or consulting services!

WE'D LIKE To SAY THANK YOU TO OUR PROJECT PARTNERS

American Clay – wall coverings www.AmericanClay.com

American Clay – wall coverings www.AmericanClay.com

American Clay – wall coverings www.AmericanClay.com

CEB walls coated with a clay finish

jenny@americanclay.com 866-404-1634

American Clay – wall coverings www.AmericanClay.com

American Clay – wall coverings www.AmericanClay.com

Compressed earth block walls covered with American Clay

TeamGreen Solar – solar power system www.teamgreensolar.com

TeamGreen Solar – solar power system www.teamgreensolar.com

TeamGreen Solar – solar power system www.teamgreensolar.com

Putting solar panels on an off-grid CEB home

j.mario@teamgreensolar.com 713-853-9219

TeamGreen Solar – solar power system www.teamgreensolar.com

TeamGreen Solar – solar power system www.teamgreensolar.com

A newly constructed off-grid CEB home

Misson Gas – propane system www.missiongas.com

Misson Gas – propane system www.missiongas.com

Misson Gas – propane system www.missiongas.com

Newly finished CEB walls and earth floor

laura@missiongas.com 210-633-0721

Misson Gas – propane system www.missiongas.com

Misson Gas – propane system www.missiongas.com

Propane stove in an off-grid CEB home

Tim White (Safe Healthy Homes) – earthen floor and wall coverings

Tim White (Safe Healthy Homes) – earthen floor and wall coverings

Tim White (Safe Healthy Homes) – earthen floor and wall coverings

Applying an earthen plaster to a compressed earth block wall

  

timwtbs@gmail.com

325-805-0607

Johnnie’s Plastics – countertops

Tim White (Safe Healthy Homes) – earthen floor and wall coverings

Tim White (Safe Healthy Homes) – earthen floor and wall coverings

An earthen floor to match the earth block walls

  

jplastics@aol.com

210-533-8463

Pickers Paradise – reclaimed building materials

Tim White (Safe Healthy Homes) – earthen floor and wall coverings

Santos Ramos – framing services (roof and closet walls)

9,500 compressed earth blocks on full display

Santos Ramos – framing services (roof and closet walls)

Santos Ramos – framing services (roof and closet walls)

Santos Ramos – framing services (roof and closet walls)

Compressed earth block fireplace complete with arch

  

RamosSantos857@gmail.com

210-778-5090

D-Rod Trucking – trucking services (gravel and dirt)

Santos Ramos – framing services (roof and closet walls)

D-Rod Trucking – trucking services (gravel and dirt)

Truck delivering gravel for a rubble trench foundation