Building with earth is nearly as old as man. It is a local and abundant material that is usually accessible to every land owner despite their region or climate. Starting in Columbia almost 60 years ago, the Compressed earth block has emerged as a stable, strong and long lasting building material. Lasting up to 1,000 years by many estimations, a CSEB is a compressed earth block that has been stabilized with no more than 5% cement.
Using Georgia Soil, Freedom Builders has traveled to Auroville India in the summer of 2015 in order to study at the UNESCO chair for earthen building - The Earth Institute of Auroville - in order to become certified in the Architectural design of buildings that are built with CSEB, the production of CSEB with the Aurum Press 3000 and the design & building of Arches, Vaults and Domes.
In addition, Freedom Builders is actively building a 3,000 square foot CSEB structure in Atlanta, GA according to Fulton County building Codes and the International building standards. The current project sources the material for the CSEB directly from the site of the building. This is a great time to learn this wonderful skill and how to make this abundant building material.
We are so grateful to Freedom Builders for bringing the information of a $3,000 workshop from India right here to Atlanta for a fraction of the cost. Plus, you can save by signing up for the whole series!
Light refreshment, supplies & manual included in the cost of workshop.
September 17th, 11:00-3:00 - Site Analysis & Prep
Analyze and process your soil for CSEB Production, rammed earth and earthen construction. Learn about soil characteristics and composition, CSEB Soil Classifications, Soil Identification Tests as well as self-administered tests for your soil, calculating the material needed for your project, the benefits and use of various soil stabilizers (lime, cement, fly ash, etc.)
September 18th, 11:00-3:00 - Compressed Stabilized Earth Block Production
Discover the production methods & processes involved in creating CSEB blocks, review and look over various CSEB machines, learn the essentials of compression & stabilization, how to sort and sift soil for production, and mixing the earth to get a perfect CSEB. Discover best practices for CSEB production before making blocks on the Aurum Press 3000 and discussion the stages of drying, curing and processing blocks before use. You’ll also lern how to make special blocks for splinter & bond beams, wiring, and plumbing.
September 24th, 11:00-3:00 - Let’s Build
Explore the intricacies of building with CSEB and how to meet local standards and codes. Get all of the information you need from the recipe for earthen mortar to making a rammed earth foundation, protecting your wall from ground moisture to laying the first brick! We’ll also cover brick masonry techniques, cover how to lay proper bond patterns, and tips & tricks for building a strong structure.
September 25th, 11:00-3:00 - Finishing Your Structures
Learn how to finish your CSEB structure with style and integrity. See how to build in doors & windows as well as giving your building a look that reflects you with earthen stucco mixtures and earthen paints. We’ll also cover waterproofing as well as cleaning mortar joists and preserving your work for many, many years to come!
October 8th, 11:00-3:00 - Building Arches & Vaults
Get to know the structural stability of arches and vaults and now they can enhance your CSEB structure. We’ll explore various types of arch and how to test their structural integrity as well as how to build your arch and integrate arches and vaults into your design.
About the Instructor:
Faruq Hunter has been featured in Black Enterprise Magazine, at SXSW, Re:Publica, Georgia Tech’s Impact Series and over 50 additional venues throughout 24 Countries on the topics of innovation, sustainability, collaboration and technology.
Mr. Hunter is the co-founder of the Freedom Nation and Freedom Villages. Freedom Village-Georgia is a 205 Acre Maker's town built exclusively for makers, innovators, artists and creatives by makers, innovators, artists and creatives. 1 hour from the 3rd largest airport in the US and the busiest airport in the world, Freedom Village is set in a county that has created the legal leeway that makers need to live a lifestyle of experimentation, growth and freedom. Set to break ground in January 2017, the entire town will produce its own food, electricity, water and natural gas on an internally developed distributed energy production Smart Grid and with 25 acres of Organic farms and ranches.