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EarthCo Megablocks on RFD cable TV

Go to www.outontheland.com and see the EarthCo Megablock process in action.

We’re featured on  season 2 — Episode 25

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Thanks to Dr. Butler for having us on.

30 pound bullet traveling at over 1000 feet per second.

I know a lot of people have been wondering about the sustainable farmhouse  in Ranger, Tx we started earlier this year.   Well we sort of got sidetracked.  We’ve been talking about how “tornado proof” we thought this house would be.    And some people challenged our claim of being EF5 tornado proof so decided to use this house ( and not some test wall) and prove just how tornado proof we actually are.   So we’ve been doing tests to prove just what kind of impacts an EarthCo Megablock made strictly from natural earth and water can take.  We removed the roof structure (so can reuse it when we recycle and rebuild this house) and just left the top plate and walls standing for the testing.   The structures been out in the weather for the past few months and we’ve gotten better than 8″ of rainfall upon the exposed walls.   We also did some fire resistance testing — actually the fire test came first.   Using a high pressure washer rated at 2700 lbs and 2.5 gallons per minute we atomized 55 gallons of diesel fuel to produce a super flame thrower that melted steel.   We ran this test for over 18 minutes with no damage to the Earthco Megablock wall system.

We then started utilizing this same 10′ of wall section for our impact tests.  If you are familiar with Texas Tech University you know they’re the premier tornado research center in the world.   To test walls for EF5 tornado resistance they fire an 8′ long 2″ by 4″ at 200 mph + and if the wall survives it is rated as EF5 tornado proof.   We started our testing using the same parameters but found that a 2″ by 4″ going 250 mph does little to no damage to our wall system.      So we moved up to shooting 8.5 lb thurber paving bricks.   We can shoot these bricks at over 1600 feet per second  which is over 1000 mph with only minor damage to our walls ( small cracks are observed on the inside wall surface but no blowout).   The bricks do not survive and shatter into hundreds of pieces upon impact.    So once again we upped the severity of our testing.   We now are shooting concrete cylinders measuring 6″ diameter by 12″ long and weigh 30 lbs.   We have  shot our wall system 4 times using these cylinders.   Our slowest shot  registered 768 feet per second or 521 miles per hour,  next slowest speed was  826 feet per second or 563 miles per hour.  Our next two tests exceeded 700 miles per hour.     One registered 1054 feet per second or 718 miles per hour, and our highest to date registered 1136 feet per second or 774 miles per hour.   All of these test shots have been within a 10′ long run of wall with no structural failure as yet.   The two tests at 700 miles per hour plus had minor surface damage with some blow out on the interior wall surface.   In both cases the wall remains structurally sound and easily repairable.   These tests are striking our Megablock wall system at 30 times the energy of the Texas Tech tests — so we feel comfortable claiming to be EF5 tornado proof.   We plan to continue testing until we achieve fully penetrate the wall system.   From results so far I think its going to take shooting the 30 lb concrete cylinders at over 1500 feet per second or over 1000 mph before that happens and I’m not sure our cannons’ going to survive the blast.   I’ll keep you posted and I’ll post a video when we complete the testing.

Fire Proof Housing

The Sustainable Bug-out Residence

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All you Doomsday prepper’s should really pay attention to this build.  This project was not planned as a bug-out

house — but if used as such it would have few equals.

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Mid-March 2013 — we’ll begin construction on a new off-grid positive energy carbon negative  home (it will produce more energy than it consumes and consume much less energy than conventional materials to construct) featuring 18″ thick by 12″ tall by (4′ to 16′ long) EarthCo Megablock walls made from (free) on-site earthen materials.  Total wall height will reach up 12 feet .   It will feature an earthen floor ( also on-site material), solar heated radiant floor heating, a fireplace for backup cooking and heat supply,  a heat exchanger cooling system using the cool water from the water well to provide cooling to the house when outside temps go above 1oo degrees. This very minimal mechanical system  is integrated into the water delivery system.  A 1 gal per minute solar powered pump —  pumps well water through a heat exchanger system located in the ceiling of the house and on in to a 1500 gal polyethylene water storage tank.  When the thermostat in the house shows additional cooling is required  fans within the heat exchangers come on to transfer the heat from the air to the cool water  which ends up in the storage tank for future use.    A 3 Kw PV solar system will provide electric for the house —barn —  and charge a golf cart — for transport around the farm —  and the cart can furnish electricity to the house at night.    A small wind turbine is also planned.    At a later date the plan is to increase the PV solar system to 6 kw with excess power stored in an EV car.   Rainwater will be collected for drinking and garden use —  a fish pond will  furnish both food and fertilizer for an aquaponic garden and fruit trees.  The House will have  approximately 1850 sq ft of indoor living space plus an attached 800 sq ft greenhouse — The roofing system will have steel trusses supporting a 4″-5″ thick concrete deck covered with 1-2 foot of earth planted with grasses for additional insulation and to prevent the roof soil from being washed off during heavy rains.   This EarthCo Megablock residence will be incredibly strong and extremely resistant to even the strongest F5 tornado.   Please check out our impact and bullet testing videos.        Impact testing EarthCo Megablock   

50 cal armor piercing vs. EarthCo Megablock

The North and West sides of house will be bermed with earth up to within 3′ of the roof line.   Windows will be located only on the East and Southern exposures where they will be protected by 6′ tall Megablock  wall surrounding the 2800 sq ft. court yard.   The house will feature composting toilets for  nutrient recycling.  All grey water will either discharge into the fish pond — to promote the growth of algae for the tilapia or channel catfish — or into an aquatic feature in the courtyard.
When finished this residence will be one of the most self sufficient, sustainable residences on the planet and will outperform most bug-out habitats costing tens of thousands more to build .  And if things were to go badly it would be extremely defensible being bulletproof and fire proof and completely self sufficient concerning food, water, energy and hygienic needs.  Our goal for this demo is to provide a place where people can come out and view our next-generation construction technology first hand and learn how to survive while living in relative comfort without having to break the bank.   We believe this house will pay for itself several times over in energy savings and food production before a typical 30 year mortgage would run its course.   We will have the media on hand at several points during the build and hold an open house when it is complete.   Check back to monitor our progress and we will publish pictures as we go.