Assessing the perception of compressed earth block (CEB) among contractors in the Piedmont region of North Carolina
The earliest earthen dwellings in the U.S were made by manually pressing a mixture of moist earth and straw into wooden molds to produce roughhewn blocks, which were left to dry in the sun before being stacked and mortared with earth slurry. This method, known as adobe, is free of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), is less energy-intensive than concrete and steel, and allows for local block production if the soil meets certain criteria. However, adobe construction requires more time and manual labor than most conventional materials, and as a result has been largely ignored by U.S. contractors ...
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