The Miami Herald Business Plan Challenge awarded 3d prize to Advanced Natural Construction Solutions for the following idea: “The company researched the requirements for housing in remote areas of the world and then designed and built portable machines that can make stabilized compressed earthen bricks and blocks for constructing homes at affordable prices. […] According to the Advanced team, the portable machines use only about one gallon of diesel to manufacture 200 blocks on the job site, eliminating transportation costs and saving time. There is a patent pending on the machine, which uses hydraulic pressure to compress the material and produce more than 600 blocks an hour. The blocks are made mainly from soil at the site and pass U.S. building codes.” Read more here.
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