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Let me know what you guys think. Maybe not 100% sustainable but it could go up in a matter of days as opposed to months if you are looking to build stuff in a shorter time frame. The quality of the finished products seem really good as well. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c9cDy9XkXPw&feature=related
 
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Omg! this is EXACTLY what I have been looking for! I've decided dry stack was a good solution for a lone person to build passive solar, but was sad I'd have to import so many blocks and didn't trust regular CEBs w/o reinforcing.

THANKS!!!

later...can't find it on the U.S. Vermeer site. Seems they don't sell it in the U.S.?
Wait...These consultants have built projects in the U.S. Yayy!
 
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6Q5oSRQ6Ug&feature=related

Another one.

I really want one of these machines, but they are not cheap. I think the Vermeer sells it at a loss (they write the rest off as a charitable contribution), so you would have to be a 501c3 to get that price.
 
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R Scott wrote:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I6Q5oSRQ6Ug&feature=related

Another one.

I really want one of these machines, but they are not cheap. I think the Vermeer sells it at a loss (they write the rest off as a charitable contribution), so you would have to be a 501c3 to get that price.



I know of a 501c3 that would allow you to purchase it through them if need be.
 
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I would set up my own 501c3 just for this, if I could swing the money to get started. Learn and teach on my own place, then do a habitat-like projects starting here (I live in a very poor rural area) and keep it going.

I should do a kickstarter, but I am not nearly as photogenic as Paul--and that is saying something
 
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I exchanged email with DwellEarth. This thing is expensive--new car expensive--but the buildings I need to build would recover a good chunk of that in the first shot. If it had an alternate use, like making sawdust logs, it would probably pay quick.
 
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use this system for earth built block houses.. no expensive machinery other than having a cement mixer available, one man could build the house, and not that much time to finish the walls.

For an earth block built house this is the best I've seen. Build the blocks in place in the wall.. Easier than adobe or rammed earth... Forms can be built easily out of wood instead of buying them.. No large expensive forms and relatively cheap to make..

http://www.formblock.com.au/
 
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