Development of Soil-cement in Earth-block Materials

Wiwattanachang, N;Maneein, N;Parwong, T;Nummeesri, K

  • Received : 2015.03.05
  • Accepted : 2015.05.06
  • Published : 2015.06.30


In Thailand, the electricity consumption is very high with the intention of reduce high temperature in the building. Since 2000, a lot of people paying attention to Green-Building concept. A similar concept is natural building, which is usually on a smaller scale and tends to focus on the use of natural materials that are available locally. Therefore, the Earth-Block (EAB) product is appropriated approach to reduce energy consumption in the buildings. The EAB is produced with environmentally friendly process, which does not release harmful pollution and effective cost. The main significant character is durable materials for building construction. This study aims to develop the new thermal insulation by using soil-cement with vetiver grass fibre. Additionally, it describes the innovative systems used in production of EAB materials by mixing the soil-cement with vetiver grass fibre. This paper reveals lowest costs, space configurations changing and greater design flexibility for constructing the building.


electricity consumption;Green-Building;Earth-Block;vetiver grass fibre;soil-cement


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