Soil Tests in Reykjavík

June 1st, 2019

I had a follow up meeting with Miðgarður in Reykjavík, Iceland to conduct soil tests on locally-sourced clay and aggregates. Miðgarður is a building association that plans to build dense, green, low-rise neighborhoods which are centrally located and have a low priority for vehicles. The soil tests were successful and I see a real possibility of incorporating earth as a building material into their projects. One idea is to use earthen blocks for walls which separate adjoining apartments to enhance soundproofing. A thermal wall heating system (finished with earthen plaster) could easily be incorporated into these earthen walls to tap into Reykjavík's geothermal heating reserves. Further blockmaking tests will be conducted over the summer.