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
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
The stabilized CEBs were laid on a rubble-trench foundation and kept plumb and level using story poles.
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.
Ryan with a conveyor full of compressed earth blocks fresh out of the AECT 2001A Impact CEB machine
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!