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Earth Block

Earth Blocks are blocks of compressed soil that are aesthetically pleasing as well as cost and energy efficient, fire and pest resistant, virtually soundproof, durable and structurally sound. They provide complete architectural freedom and are made from a non-toxic readily available natural raw material dirt.

The blocks are produced using a high-pressure hydraulic ram which forms one block approximately every eight seconds. The standard dimensions of block are I 0"x I 4"x4" and weight is about forty pounds. The 10" width may be adjusted. It takes approximately eleven hours to produce the 5000 blocks necessary to build the exterior of a 1500 square foot, single-story structure. The blocks can be produced on-site. They exit the ram immediately ready for use and can be placed directly into the wall system, as they require no time for curing or drying. The blocks may also be stored for future use. Although clay is the essential ingredient for the manufacturing of earth blocks, a wide variety of soil composition is acceptable. Typically, a compressive block strength analysis will be conducted prior to construction. Should the quality or quantity of the site soil be inadequate, suitable soil can be delivered at minimal cost. In addition, off-site block production and delivery is possible, not only increasing the accessibility of suitable soil, but also enabling construction to proceed during all seasons.


SIPS PANELS

SIPs are the 21st Century Building Material

Structural insulated panels (SIPs) are high performance building panels used in floors, walls, and roofs for residential and light commercial buildings. Other skin material can be used for specific purposes. SIPs are manufactured under factory controlled conditions and can be custom designed for each home. The result is a building system that is extremely strong, energy efficient and cost effective. Building with SIPs will save you time, money and labor.


METAL FRAMING

What advantages and disadvantaged does metal framing have compared to traditional wood framing?

Cost - Metal framing studs typically cost less than wood studs. This cost savings is somewhat mitigated by the cost of electrical boxes, plastic wire grommets, screws and moldings.

Convenience - Metal framing studs are more convenient than wood studs because they are lighter and easier to transport. Also, using metal studs eliminates messy sawdust piles during cutting.

Strength - Lack of strength is a major disadvantage of metal framing studs. They can only be used for interior walls, and cannot be used for hanging heavy cabinets or mirrors.

Corrections - Mistakes are more simply corrected when using metal studs. Because metal studs are fastened with screws, they are much easier to move than wood studs.

Stability - Unlike wood, metal studs are not subject to warping and cracking, making them a more stable long term.