The project launched with a training conducted by Adam De Jong, one of Dwell Earth’s founding partners, which ran from March 23 to April 2. The training focused on giving project leaders the skills necessary to identify suitable soil, amend local soil for construction purposes, and produce and utilize Dwell Earth’s V-Lock Block System.
Adam stated at the close of the training: “I cannot say enough about the team that Nature Iraq was able to assemble. I have conducted many of these trainings around the world and this team was by far the best that I have had the pleasure to work with. There was a tremendous amount of camaraderie to accompany the tremendous work ethic of all staff members. Everyone fell into their own roles and excelled, making for a very productive and fun working environment. [The project leaders] will surely bring success to Nature Iraq’s vision for the compressed earth block projects of the future.”
An estimated 30% of the world’s population live in earthen structures. Compressed earth blocks combined time-tested, traditional, familiar construction methods with modern efficiency and precision. Compressed block structures are:
- cheap, as they utilize primarily local material and require less energy input than cement, wood, or brick.
- environmentally efficient as they require 20-o 30% less energy to heat and cool.
- long lasting.
- aesthetically pleasing.