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Earthy digs

Gazette staff May 9th, 2012

Leave it to little pigs to build homes out of sticks and straw.

Brad Gregg

They’re pigs, after all, and just don’t know any better. Architecture students at the University of Oklahoma know that the sturdiest houses are made of earth.

Five OU students and two professors recently won a $90,000 grant for merging architectural genius with environmental consciousness when they introduced compressed-earth block building technology.

The grant will enable the team to build a compressed earth block house in Norman in association with Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity. The goal is for Habitat for Humanity affiliates nationwide to use the technology to provide affordable housing that withstands wind damage.

Hey, that sounds like it could be pretty handy in these here windy parts.

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