Machines & Training
Build up Nepal offers machines and training for organisations who want to use Earth Bricks in their projects.
Interlocking Earth Brick machine
This interlocking Brick Machine is small, easy to transport and cost effective. Good for remote villages without road access. The machine makes brick of 30x15x10 cm. Very good for single story buildings. It is easy to operate and with 5-6 people it produces 350 bricks per day.
• Low cost
• Easy to transport to remote areas
• Easy to operate
Heavy Duty Earth Brick machine
The Heavy Duty Machine is a high quality machine that can produce bricks of 24x24x10 cm. The size is very good for loadbearing walls (24 cm thick walls) and can be used for double story buildings as well as single story.
The same machine can also produce a smaller 30x15x10 cm by changing the mold. The machine has a capacity of up to 700 brick per day (2000 bricks needed for a 3 room house). It requires 8-10 people to operate at full capacity.
• Very sturdy and long lasting machine (450 kg)
• High capacity (700 bricks per day = bricks for 1 house in just 3 days)
• Different molds. Both bigger and smaller bricks.
• High brick strength (More than 10 MPA)
• Recommended for double story buildings
Earth brick training
Before starting to produce Earth Bricks we need to make a soil test and set up the machine and a simple factory, where the Earth Bricks can be produced in protection from sun and rain. Once this is done we can start the training.
Making Earth Bricks: 2,5 day training + 5 days production under supervision
A two and a half day intensive training and then supervision for five days. The training is conducted in the village itself. Our focus is to make the local people as independent as possible and after the total 7,5 days of training the locals will be able to produce Earth Brick with high quality. They will also be able to do daily maintenance on the machine and perform soil test.
The training covers:
– Soil test
– Producing earth bricks
– Quality & strength test
– Machine maintenance
– Organizing production
Building earthquake resistant with Earth bricks
Our construction/mason training is divided in four parts. For efficiency it is done not as a separate training, but as a part of the construction of the first building. Our team comes at critical parts of the construction to teach and then the locals can implement what they have learned in practice on the real building.
- Foundation: 3 days training + 1 day preparations
In this training we teach both in theory and practice basics for earthquake resistant construction.
– Selecting a good location
– Measure and digging foundation
– Quality control
– Anchoring rebar and making stirrups
– Concreting and stone soiling
- Beam casting: 2 days
When the foundation is ready the next critical step is casting the lower beam and anchoring remaining rebar into the beam. In this training we teach
– Beam casting and formwork
– How to check quality and maintain correct level
– Fitting rebar
- Building walls with Earth bricks: 2 days
Building the first few layers of the wall is very important. Once the trainees have learned this repeating the process for the remaining layers is quite easy.
This training focus on
– Building with earth bricks
– Maintaining levels
– Bricks selection
– Using half bricks
- Roofing: 2 days
The last two days of training is focusing on how to attach the roof and false ceiling. Also checking the quality of the construction and finalizing the remaining details.
Depending on the previous skill of the locals and your team we can also offer supervision in between trainings. In this case a Build up Nepal supervisor will stay on site after the training to ensure everything is implemented properly and keep on instructing the local builders. This will give a quality assurance to the construction as well as a more in-depth training.
However if your organization have their own engineers or supervisors they will be able to supervise the construction based on our training.