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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
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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