| Since 1971 AMCER staff have been involved
with many aspects of Earth Building including; soil selection,
earth brick-making, pressed earth brick manufacture, brick testing,
brick-laying and the designing and building of houses.
This background and experience together with the increasing interest in
Earth Building led to the launching of the AMCER Pressed Earth Brick
based on the Eltham soil type.
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A variety of tested bricks
| These bricks are made from blended and
screened local soils, pressed at optimum moisture content and pressure
to achieve a consistent, strong and durable product. AMCER maintains
quality control programs and randomly test bricks at the brickworks as
means of quality assurance.
AMCER bricks are 385 mm long by 85 mm high (400 x 100 layed with 15mm
mortar joints), 250 mm wide which is the wall thickness.
Bricks fresh from the press
| The reduced height compared to the old Eltham brick style keeps the dry weight down to around
15kgs, and requires 25 bricks per square metre of wall.
The consistency in size of bricks makes it possible to use the thinner
(15 mm) mortar joints which require less mortar mix, and a greater
height can be reached in a day with less shrinkage or subsidence.
Amcer Earth Bricks are designed to comply with metric standard door and window sizes.
Mixing and pressing
| AMCER supplies screened soil, similar to
the bricks, which is recommended for the mortar.
Although AMCER bricks are generally available at short notice, it is
advisable to order well ahead to eliminate delays due to seasonal
fluctuations and demands.
Bricks drying on pallets
|AMCER Earth Bricks are palletised and stretch
wrapped, with each pallet holding 115 bricks, which are sufficient for
4.5 square metres of wall, and delivered by sub-contractors using 4WD
forklifts to assist clients in placing bricks around the site.