CEBS IN BRIEF
Habitat for Humanity International, one of the world’s major housing provider for the poor, started using compressed earth blocks in 1976 in its housing efforts for developing countries. This decision stemmed from the organization”s desire to provide a sustainable building system using locally available materials.
ADVANTAGES OF USING CEBS
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IHHELPP recently purchased four compressed earth block (CSEB) presses for its livelihood and affordable housing efforts in the Philippines. These presses create CEBs, earthen blocks comparable in strength to that of regular bricks but created with less expensive and more accessible ingredients.
Rene Doria, president and founder of IHHELPP states, “Our goal for this purchase is to help the poor in Philippines create affordable houses with quality materials that are better than what they already have. Compressed earth blocks can be made by mixing soil, which is free and comprises 95% of the main ingredient, with 5% cement. The poor can build stronger houses with less expenses using this machine.”
These brick machines can make a total of 1440 bricks in 8 hours, enough bricks to build a 23 square meter house.
Two of the purchased machines will be shipped to Tayabas, Quezon, the site for the first LDS-standards school in the Philippines. One will be given to the IHHELPP cooperative in Camiling, and the other will be given to a group in Bogo, Cebu.