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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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