French eco-designer presses for return of earth bricks

This public library and exhibition space in Toulouse was built using compressed-earth bricks

Industrial designer Etienne Gay could not find a machine to make high-insulating compressed earth bricks

So he built one himself.

Mr Gay, who started an eco-construction company after getting fed-up with his job in the aeronautics industry, had heard about compressed earth bricks from a neighbour.

'It’s and old technique, which fits in well with eco-building methods' says Etienne Gay

“It is an old technique, which fits in well with eco-building methods and people trying to leave only a small carbon footprint,” he said.

The bricks are made using a mix of ordinary earth which has been sieved, a bit of lime or cement, and water, ...

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