Building With Earth Blocks and Plaster in Loreto Bay, Mexico

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Building With Earth Blocks

Construction site in Loreto Bay, Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Homes in the Villages of Loreto Bay are constructed with blocks using earth mined from nearby mountains. Photo © Jackie Craven

Construction Photos from the Villages of Loreto Bay in Mexico

Near the fishing village of Loreto, Mexico, real estate developers are constructing a resort community using healthy, eco-friendly materials such as compressed earth blocks and lime plaster. Click on the photos below to see the construction now under way.

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To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Parging the Walls

The Villages of Loreto Bay - Plaster Parging
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos The earth block walls are parged with lime plaster. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Mixing the Slurry

Mixing Concrete at Loreto Bay, Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Lime is an important ingredient in the mortar, or "slurry". Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Stacking the Earth Blocks

Construction workers at Loreto Bay, Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos There are several methods for stacking the compressed earth blocks. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Reinforcing the Walls

Construction worker at Loreto Bay, Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Steel rods and chicken wire reinforce the walls at the Villages of Loreto Bay. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Reinforcing the Walls

Construction worker at Loreto Bay in Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Steel rods and chicken wire reinforce the walls at the Villages of Loreto Bay. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Parging the Walls

Parging walls with plaster
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos The walls are parged with lime plaster at Loreto Bay. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Reinforcing the Walls

Earth blocks with wire reinforcement
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Wire reinforcement adds strength to the earth block walls. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Wire Adds Strength to the Earth Blocks

Compressed Earth Blocks
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Chicken wire reinforcement adds strength to the compressed earth blocks. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Parging the Walls

Plaster parging at Loreto Bay, Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Homes in the Villages of Loreto Bay are parged with lime plaster. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Earthen Homes in Loreto Bay, Mexico

Construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Homes in the Villages of Loreto Bay are constructed with compressed earth blocks. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Parging the Walls

Parging the walls with lime plaster
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos The earth block walls are parged with lime plaster. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Jim Hallock, Director of Earth Block Operations

Jim Hallock is director of earth block operations at The Villages of Loreto Bay
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Jim Hallock is director of earth block operations at The Villages of Loreto Bay. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Sifting the Clay

Sifting clay for earth blocks at Loreto Bay, Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Before making the compressed earth blocks, the clay must be sifted. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Making Compressed Earth Blocks

Making compressed earth blocks at the Villages of Loreto Bay, Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos The earthen mixure is compressed into building blocks. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Wrapping the Earth Blocks

Wrapping the Earth Blocks at Loreto Bay in Mexico
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos The compressed earth blocks are wrapped in plastic to preserve the moisture. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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Finished Earth Block Home

Loreto Bay Home
Villages of Loreto Bay Construction Photos Homes in the Villages of Loreto Bay are finished with organic mineral oxide pigments that bond with the lime plaster. Photo © Jackie Craven

To learn more about the energy-efficient, sustainable community under construction at Loreto Bay, Mexico, see Building a Healthy Village.

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