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Advancing the Structural Use of Earth-Based Bricks. Session 1: Making a case for earth-based bricks Lakshmi N. Reddi , PhD, PE Gerry & Ruth Hartman Professor and Chair Civil,Enviironmental , and Construction Engrg University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA. Why Earth?.

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Advancing the structural use of earth based bricks

Advancing the Structural Use of Earth-Based Bricks

Session 1: Making a case for earth-based bricks

Lakshmi N. Reddi, PhD, PE

Gerry & Ruth Hartman Professor and Chair

Civil,Enviironmental, and Construction Engrg

University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL, USA


Why earth

Why Earth?

  • Why not? We’re all made of it

  • Economical

  • Buildings made with earth are energy-saving

  • Environmentally-friendly

  • Sustainable


Concerns on earth based bricks

Concerns on Earth-Based Bricks

  • Lack of durability

  • Low compressive strengths

  • Variability in performance – due to soil variations, manufacturing methods, and climatic conditions


So how do we make a case for earth based bricks

So how do we make a case for earth-based bricks?

  • Economic issues

  • Structural performance

  • Ecological and sustainability considerations – energy consumption, Carbon emission, water consumption, land degradation, etc


Ecological comparison

Ecological Comparison


Research needs and opportunities

Research Needs and Opportunities

  • How do we articulate energy savings, economics, and sustainability associated with earth-based materials in construction?

  • How do we address barriers for social acceptance or rejection; low-tech perceptions?


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