Compressed Earth Blocks


In 2019, we will begin the construction of Artisan Village – 26 eco-homes built from natural materials including Compressed Earth Blocks.

In Portugal, there is a long tradition of building with Taipa or rammed earth. The method of building with CEB begins with the selection of the earth, with the right composition of clay and sand. Then the blocks are fabricated with a hydraulic press, which makes sure they are perfectly uniform, and with consistent and reliable technical properties.

In many parts of the world, spectacular buildings are crafted entirely from Earth.

Characteristics of earth buildings

  • High thermal mass – they stay cool in the summer, and warm in the winter.
  • Organic – the walls breathe, and the air and moisture levels are perfect for living
  • Local material – from under your feet.
  • Low embodied energy
  • For more information about this amazing building system, view here.