build·re·build™ can bring sustainable shelter solutions for a number of areas around the world where the compressed soil block technology makes sense. Slum areas that are found throughout Brazil, India, Mexico, Pakistan for instance would all offer great opportunities to move people into sustainable housing projects.

Additionally, any area where there are large populations of refugees or displaced individuals would benefit from this technology. Examples would include Sudan, Darfur, Somalia, Kenya, and most other locations throughout Africa.

Potential Applications


A United Nations report says the proportion of the population of Brazil living in “favelas” or shantytowns has been reduced but much work still needs to be done. Addressing these appalling housing issues represents an area where our equipment could play a key role.


Poverty-stricken slum near cities in Peru. The entire area was built on a landfill site. As the people live their lives, trucks drive through and dump rubbish around their shack homes. Compressed soil block machines can help build decent shelter and start communities away from these squalid quarters.

Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe

Leaders of the Tribal Council at this Tucson area tribe elected to incorporate the extensive use of compressed soil blocks from our equipment into the design and construction of many of their tribal facilities. Building with compressed soil blocks allowed the tribe to use a locally available building material found on-site and significantly reduced the overall construction costs. Additionally, the thermal properties of soil blocks keep the structures cool in the summer and warm in the winter.


The entire African continent experiences major shortages of low-cost houses needed to accommodate its poorest citizens. Millions of Africa’s forgotten live in deplorable shacks, hostels, and crowded houses in shoddy townships and settlements while awaiting access to government land and houses. Our soil block machines represent a viable solution towards solving this global epidemic.