Vermeer Partners with Best Metal Products to Solve Housing Shortage in Developing Nations
The unique BP 714 ‘Dynabloc Block Press’ from Vermeer Corporation (Pella, IA) produces compressed earth blocks (CEB) using local soils. This innovative development promises to make a profound difference for regions of the world that lack access to traditional building materials and those developing nations wishing to build more energy-efficient, green buildings using natural materials.
A configuration of cylinders engineered and manufactured by Best Metal Products provides the hydraulic power required to compact these CEBs, which have an average compressive strength 30 to 40% higher than any compressed earth block machine on the market. The compressive strength rating exceeds Uniform Building Code requirements and the holes in the block make them ideal for seismic zones where vertical and horizontal reinforcements are required.
Compressed Earth Blocks can be made resistant to water with the addition of 6% ordinary Portland cement, further strengthening and enhancing the properties of the blocks and making them ideal for areas where protection from rain is necessary. Building with a Dynabloc-pressed CEB is easy, requires no skilled labor and saves up to 30% on finished wall costs.
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