However, CEBs are also thicker and heavier than concrete mason's blocks. Once the earth blocks have been plastered, these walls are sixteen inches thick. So, to conserve on square footage and to expedite the construction process, builders in Loreto Bay use lighter mason's blocks for the interior walls.
Steel rods extending through the mason's blocks provide added strength. The compressed earth blocks are wrapped with chicken wire and securely anchored to the interior walls.