The Katy Gautsch term of the day

Posted 8 years ago by Adam Gautsch

My sister's term for the day, Compressed earth block

Compressed Earth Block often referred to simply as CEB, are a type of manufactured construction material formed in a mechanical press that forms an appropriate mix of dirt, non-expansive clay, and an aggregate into a compressed block.

3 Comments

Lord ~ 8 years ago

Question: What does one do with said Compressed Earth Block? Do you build houses with it? Do you play catch with it? Do you bring it to show-and-tell and explain the above only in turn to have this question asked creating a mind boggling infinite cycle? It's madness I tell you, utter madness!

Seriously. It's for building right? I mean that's what you do with construction materials isn't it?

Adam Gautsch ~ 8 years ago

My sister and her husband are building their own house and the foundation of said house is CEB.

Meg ~ 8 years ago

Its like rammed earth, but with a smaller sized block instead of a whole wall section being compressed at one time. You can see rammed earth at the SC Botanical Garden - one of the natural art exhibits is the terraced hill in front of the southern living home, it looks like it is covered with flower petals of compressed dirt - those are rammed earth. Its another awesome use of this type of material.

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