Facts on Mud Brick Houses

Updated April 17, 2017

Mud brick is a building material that has been used throughout the world. Mud brick has many benefits, although it is not as durable as some other materials. According to Earth Architecture, half of the world's population uses buildings made from mud brick or other earthen materials.


Mud brick is made of mud or clay that is mixed with straw and hardened by baking it in the sun or a kiln. These bricks are then used to build houses and other structures.


Mud brick has been historically used throughout the world, especially in the Middle East, India and North Africa.


Mud brick is very inexpensive and environmentally friendly. It is also effective at keeping houses cool in the summer and warm in the winter.


Mud brick that is only baked in the sun, not fired in a kiln, may not be as durable as other building materials like concrete.

Fun Fact

Notable historical figures including Paul Revere, Chairman Mao, and Ronald Reagan each lived in a mud brick dwelling at some point in his life, according to Earth Architecture.

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Rebekah Richards is a professional writer with work published in the "Atlanta Journal-Constitution," "Brandeis University Law Journal" and online at She graduated magna cum laude from Brandeis University with bachelor's degrees in creative writing, English/American literature and international studies. Richards earned a master's degree at Carnegie Mellon University.