Good practices manual

The idea of ​​creating this technical construction manual with modular soil-cement bricks came from a partnership between us with the State University of Minas Gerais and the mining Morro Verde.

Thinking about offering an adequate orientation about the care in the execution of the modular masonry work and in order to collaborate for the development of the sector, we have organized some editions of the ECOCAMP intensive course and as didactic material the creation of this manual.

The manual seeks to guide civil construction professionals and even informal workers on good practices when executing a work with modular brick. Since several ways of execution were found, we tried to use what in practice was more efficient and safer, seeking maximum quality for the work.

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According to a survey conducted by NASA (American Space Agency), the month of April 2016 was the hottest month on record. And one of the reasons for this high temperature is Global Warming. And do you know how you can change this scenario? Making smart choices.

The ecological bricks have holes that form thermoacoustic chambers, which control the temperature inside the building and help to isolate noise, providing much more comfort. With Ecoterm bricks, the side of the wall that is exposed to the sun absorbs heat and heats the internal air columns.

The hot air molecules are more agitated and therefore lighter, forcing the hot air to rise, stealing and eliminating the heat from the bricks. The replacement is made by cold air that has the highest density, thus preserving an always ambient temperature and providing more comfort and more airy places.

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The biggest challenge for those who build with earth is determining whether the available type of earth is suitable for use as a building material. Unlike other construction materials such as steel or cement, earth cannot be standardized. Therefore, it relies entirely on the knowledge and experience of the builder or manufacturer of earth-based materials to differentiate between the right and wrong types of earth.

What often happens is that people venture into this industry assuming that all earth is the same, or that they only need to analyze the clay, sand, and silt content of the earth. When they get it wrong, the building can be compromised. For example, bricks may dissolve or structural cracks may occur, which not only damages the building but also undermines trust in earthen architectural techniques among communities.

To address this problem, a group of Brazilian manufacturers of modular compressed earth bricks came together in 2020 to establish the Institute Ecoterm. Their aim is to raise awareness and share knowledge about good practices in sustainable construction using earth and/or waste as construction materials. The institute seeks to create a high-quality environment and improve the overall quality of the sector by certifying manufacturers and builders in the sustainable construction field. They promote the adoption of good practices and ensure the quality of the products and services offered.

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Today, it is already a reality: natural resources are increasingly scarce and it is essential to preserve the environment in which we live, for us and for the next generations.

Thinking about it, Ecoterm brings an eco-efficient solution to the civil construction sector: the ecological brick. Also known as soil-cement, this brick is produced from the recycling of tailings from mining (soil, cement and water).

The bricks are cured with water and shade, which eliminates the process of burning in ovens, causing less environmental impact.

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To build a better future, made of earth.

Nothing has more personality than getting involved in building your own home. Add style and taste. And from there, hands in the soil!
The Ecoterm Institute invites you to a new experience. How about building your barbecue, pizza oven, a flower bed, or even your own house? While it may not be very simple, you can empower yourself to carry out these constructions. Follow us on social media to stay updated on the latest news.


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Ecoterm's headquarters are located in the interior of Minas Gerais, at Lago Azul Farm, a rural area in the municipality of Pratápolis.
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Farm Lago Azul, s/n
Rodovia MG 050 | Pratápolis - MG
CEP: 37970-000 - Brazil
Phone: +61 420 808 723

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