Characteristics study of Stabilized and Compressed Laterite Soil Bricks
and low-cost energy materials for sustainable building applications .
High cost of building materials has been the bane of construction industry in the developing countries as a result of import of most of the building materials. As prices increase sharply, there is a growing awareness to relate research to local materials as alternatives for the construction of functional but low-cost dwellings both in the urban and rural areas . One of such local materials that is being researched is lateritic soil. Lateritic soil has been one of the major building materials for a long time. The main reason lies on the fact that it is readily available and the cost of procuring it is relatively low .
Lateritic soil possesses other advantages which makes it potentially a very good and appropriate material for construction, especially for the construction of rural structures in the developing countries. These merits include little or no specialized skilled labour required for laterized compressed blocks/bricks production and for its use in other construction works .
The use of stabilized mud blocks is an alternative to burnt bricks, where soil is being stabilized with the stabilizers like cement, lime, molasses etc. and pressing them under high compaction, hence, avoid burning. In avoidance of process