Raw earth has been used as a building material for several millennia and is deeply associated with the urban development of great civilisations on all continents. It still constitutes more than a third of the buildings used as human living spaces.
Today, we are (re)discovering the built in earth heritage and its virtues; whether it is adobe, raw earth bricks or cob, under its many applications and names, the material “earth” conceals fascinating qualities which make sense in the current development of a more ethical and sustainable construction.
The Geobloc history
The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg is a land of entrepreneurs and innovative builders. The construction sector is extremely dynamic and generates a large number of residues that need to be dealt with. Among these, the excavated soil from our construction sites is little used, even though it represents a noble, inexhaustible material, rich in qualities.
With the strong desire to be part of a circular economy, Geobloc is developing a range of construction materials that exploit the treasures of Luxembourg’s soils and subsoils, which until now have been under-used.
In order to carry out this adventure which began in 2018, Geobloc has enlisted the services and skills of the best companies and experts in the sector, in order to develop products adapted to the requirements of the Luxembourg market.
Circularity and sustainability
Geobloc products are made from recycled natural materials – excavated soil and clay – which are analysed, recovered, sorted, packaged and processed locally. They do not contain any additional substances or additives.
In its processing, Geobloc takes care to use energy in a sensible and reasonable way. Geobloc products do not undergo any baking phase, thus drastically reducing the environmental impact of their manufacture.
According to currently available life cycle analysis calculations, mud brick masonry is 4 times less energy consuming than cellular clay bricks, 6 times less than concrete bricks and up to 10 times less than solid clay bricks.
Dank seiner langjährigen Präsens, Erfahrung und Know-how, ist das schweizer Unternehmen das Herzstück der technischen Entwicklung der Geoblocprodukte.. Durch ihre Zusammenarbeit vervollständigen sie Ihr Wissen, das Herstellen der Produkte wird verbessert und das Verwenden Ihrer Produkte macht sich einen Namen.
Recyma operates landfills for inert materials in a way that minimises the impact on the natural and human environment. Each landfill is organised in close cooperation with the national and municipal authorities. In this way, Recyma contributes to industrial ecology in the construction sector by recycling materials from this sector and by reducing the excessive consumption of natural space.