Earth Building Products
SOLID EARTH LTD takes pride in their range of high quality earthbuilding products.
Earth building products need to be ordered well in advance to allow enough time for production and drying. We operate on a first in first served basis. The brick manufacture is operated from October to April.
Please feel free to contact us for a quote or if you have any further queries
Adobe Bricks & Floor Tiles
We produce load-bearing adobe bricks of two different densities.
- Heavy adobe (1600kg/m3) for internal thermal mass walls
- Light adobe (800kg/m3) for exterior walls requiring more insulating properties
Sizes and QuantitiesOur standard sizes are:
|Brick Type||Length x Depth x Height|
|Square Brick (load-bearing)||280mm x 280mm x 130mm|
|Corner brick (load-bearing)||430mm x 280mm x 130mm|
|Half brick (veneer)||280mm x 150mm x 130mm|
|Floor Tile||280mm x 280mm x 40mm|
WallsWith an allowance of 20mm mortar these brick sizes provide a horizontal unit size of 300mm and a vertical unit size of 150mm, which makes the calculation of dimensions very easy. It is recommended to design to a 150mm module to avoid cutting. 23 bricks are required per square meter wall area.
FloorsWith an allowance of a 10mm mortar bed these tiles are designed for a finished floor height of around 50mm. The tiles can be easily cut for fitting. 11-12 tiles are required per square meter floor area.
Adobe MortarWe can provide a ready to use earth mortar that is of the same origin as the Adobe bricks or tiles and matches them in color. Our mortar fulfills all requirements related to strength and shrinkage. 1 cubic meters of mortar is enough to lay 250 standard square bricks.
Special Earth MixesWe can produce earth mixes to your requirements, ie cob mixes or light earth mixes, which are delivered to you wet and in bulk.
Earth Building Products FAQ
How are the adobe bricks made?The adobe bricks are made in the time-honoured tradition of sun drying a mixture of clay and straw, cast by hand in wooden moulds.
What are the bricks made of?We utilize the golden clays of the Nelson region, for a brick of strength, durability and appeal. Added light aggregates include untreated sawdust and paper pulp. Our bricks are made without cement.
How do the bricks perform?Our bricks surpass the NZ Earthbuilding Standards' requirements. We regularly test for structural performance and durability. We have also had our light adobe bricks tested for thermal performance.
View test results in our Technical Documents section.