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.  

Completed compressed earth block house
Completed compressed earth block house

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 

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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.

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First course of compressed earth blocks

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

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Window and door frames in place

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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.

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

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

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

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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!  

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The American Clay finish looks amazing!

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

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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

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jenny@americanclay.com 866-404-1634

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TeamGreen Solar – solar power system www.teamgreensolar.com

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

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Misson Gas – propane system www.missiongas.com

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laura@missiongas.com 210-633-0721

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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

An earthen floor to match the earth block walls

  

jplastics@aol.com

210-533-8463

Pickers Paradise – reclaimed building materials

9,500 compressed earth blocks on full display

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)

Truck delivering gravel for a rubble trench foundation