Francesco Piazzesi, Echale a tu Casa
The Adopress 5000 is a patented compressed earth block machine produced by EcoBlock International. The Adopress is designed to use local materials available in Mexican communities to manufacture the ‘Adoblocks’ and build stabilized adobe housing. The machines are provided to communities via programs from the social franchise programme – Echale a tu Casa – with a payment method aimed to help low income families pay for the product over time.
Echale a tu Casa, a social franchise program developed by EcoBlock International
Unknown. Echale also offers payment to families willing to use their own manual labor to lower the price of implementation.
Families, who do not have access to housing, medical, or any government assistance and earn between 1 to 4 times the minimum wage salary ($150 to $597) per month.
30,000 new homes constructed, 150,000 home improvements made since the company’s inception in 1985. No information on number of Adopress products distributed is available at this time.
Manual, Motor powered, Electric engine, other.
The Adopress 3000 produces Adoblocks which are made up by soil, cement, cal and/or sand. The blocks are comprised of more than 90% local soil and serve as a natural insulation source and reduces reliance on heating and cooling devices.
The machine requires an electric, three phase motor or diesel 10 HP engine. Operation with 3 personnel can achieve daily production (i.e. 8 hour shift) of 1,500 (10x20x40) or 2,200 (10x15x30) Adoblocks.
Additional dimensions and weight not specified.
Families are trained by EcoBlock International technicians about the operation of Adopress. Echale) offers technical assistance from start to finish to self-organized communities in order to promote sustainability after Echale leaves the community.
Unknown. The bricks are made from locally available materials.
No lifecycle, disposal, or warranty information available for the Adopress 3000.
Adoblocks are 30-40 percent more resistant than traditional fired bricks or concrete blocks, have excellent acoustic properties, and act as a natural insulation source.
The machine was developed together with the Institute CRATerre and the University of Grenoble, France. Ital Mexicana S.A.
Ecoblock International’s program, Echale a tu Casa, works best when properly implemented with its social financing and community building method to ensure the longevity and sustainability of the Adopress and its purpose.
C.W. Graham et.al. Movement Coefficients of Compressed Earth Masonry Units 10th Canadian Masonry Symposium, Banff, Alberta, June I – 12, 2005. not peer reviewed
John J. Morony Logged Data For Heat Wave– A Preliminary Report, Del Rio, Texas 31 May – 2 June 2OO4. not peer reviewed
Charles W. Graham, Ph.D et.al. Soil Block Home Construction BTEC Sustainable Buildings III Conference, Santa Fe, New Mexico, October I7-I8,200I. not peer reviewed
Echale requires a minimum of 30 families to express interest in order to take part in the project. Echale’s approach involves setting up a local housing committee that holds regular meetings to develop a housing program, interact with other stake holders and replicate a social franchise. By creating this committee, Echale hopes to promote the sustainability of the product and community.
Echale works with the National Housing Commission (CONAVI), the Federal Mortgage Trust (SHF), the Houseing Institue of Campeche (INVICAM), and a local NGO Impulsac, however no awards/certifications are listed from these entities.
Highest score amongst B Corp honorees for Best for the World 2013. Echale is a GIIRS pioneer, a B-Lab corporation, a Schwab Foundation, entrepreneur, and an Ashoka Fellow.
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