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Building with stabilised soil blocks

AUTHOR: DAVID J. T. WEBB

PRODUCED BY: COMMONWEALTH ARCHITECTS ASSOCIATION (CAA) PROJECTS LTD., AND THE BUILDING RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT, 1986.

AVAILABLE FROM: THE BUILDING CENTRE, 26 STORE STREET, LONDON WC1E 78T, ENGLAND.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

COST:

This tape-slide show is part of a set of three audiovisual programmes on shelter provision which are intended for professional advisers to governments and technical aid agencies and for training programmes for members of construction teams. The tape-slide show is made up of 24 colour slides, a cassette and a booklet, containing the written text of the cassette, a reference section for further reading and a list of information centres worldwide where stablized-soil products have been used.

This tape-slide show looks at one of the oldest building materials known to man - soil - and considers some of the techniques which can improve its natural characteristics and extend its use as a building material in developing countries.

It begins by showing how adobe blocks have been used in building and what are some of the short-comings of this type of construction, e.g. sun-dried mud blocks chip easily, crack or are open to rainwater erosion if they are not well protected. The development of different soil-block-making machines is summarized, and details are given of the BREPAK machine, pointing out the improvements in strength and durability which have been achieved over previous models of block-making machines. Some of the advantages of the BREPAK machine for use in developing countries are given.

A full explanation of the equipment needed and the types of soil and soil tests that are required to produce stabilized blocks with the BREPAK machine are given.