Green Building ~ Eco House plays an important role in sustainable development.
IADDIC has developed a new set of tools used to build the house of the future for the masses. Today!
The Eco house plays an important role in the broader context of sustainable development and IADDIC is committed to the development of eco-construction solutions that enhance sustainable growth and brings the energy efficient future house to the forefront of sustainable construction. Our current involvement in this important field has been to develop an affordable construction solution that has a low carbon footprint, enhances economic growth, and includes local participation.
Why Green Homes matter
Buildings may be the single largest “product” that can have the greatest impact on sustainable development across the globe. When looked at in the aggregate, housing appears to consume much more energy than any other “product”. It has been estimated, and published research shows that 30% – 40% of the global energy consumption is by buildings.
In addition; adequate housing is in great demand in that as many as 1.5 billion people are without adequate housing.
The challenge then is to enable the use of affordable, highly energy efficient building materials in extremely large quantities to significantly impact the deficit of adequate housing stock while simultaneously improving local economic conditions, reducing energy consumption, improving energy efficiency , and improving people’s lives with much improved living conditions.
Green buildings, eco friendly house, green design, along with eco-construction have long been used to market products and services in the West. There is a growing awareness that, in principle, everybody should take steps to protect the environment, offer things that are affordable, and improve the lives of our neighbors.
The question then is this: has any of this development, marketing, and sales produced a scalable solution that can be leveraged and used to impact housing in a meaningful way? We believe the answer is yes!
Introducing the Affordable Scalable Sustainable Construction Process for Global Green Building
A brief history: In order to affect housing in a positive way certain aspects of construction must be addressed. We set out to find safe and affordable materials that could be considered commodities because large quantities are required to impact the housing deficit. Secondly, the materials must be accessible and utilized by many people so it needed to be simple to work with. It also needed to be adaptable to suit local preferences, had to be affordable and had to provide environmental improvements.
Do such sustainable building materials and construction processes exist?
They do now! Interestingly, the solution sounds less elegant than it really is. The answer lies in a well-established product that has been in use since the 1950’s. The answer lies in the use of SIP Panel (structurally insulated panel).
But SIP Panels have some real problems.
We agree. The largest problem is they are WAY too expensive to ship. Many have tried to take this proven, effective, strong, energy efficient product and ship it to a remote location only to discover shipping costs eclipse any benefits or savings derived from the use of the panels.
A second problem is they generally contain wood. This wood siding or skins as they are called are prone to rot and require addition steps in the building process to overcome. Additional finishing materials must be used on the interior and vapor wraps applied to the exterior to protect the wood.
The third major impediment to using SIP Panels is that they are manufactured to fit nicely with other construction materials in one region only. So taking a panel built to accept products based on imperial dimensions limits their effectiveness in areas using materials that are based on the metric system.
Lastly, the thicknesses of the panels themselves are restricted or limited by the “typical” construction requirements in a region. This thickness limitation serves the mass production for one application but it limits adaptability in others. In other words, what is required for luxury eco houses in one region is generally not what is required for affordable eco housing in another region. This can be particularly true when shelter (disaster relief shelter) is required.
SIP Panels have some REAL advantages for sustainable development and sustainable building
On the positive side, structural insulated panels are one of, if not the most insulated building product available, they are structural by design which makes them incredibly strong, and they provide the fastest way to construct an ecohouse, school, clinic, or commercial building. All these features have been proven by the millions of square feet of eco houses built each year since the 1950’s?
So what has IADDIC done that is so spectacular?
Simple, we take the best that SIP panels have to offer and deconstructed the process and reassembled it into a field build system so that people can build almost anything, almost anywhere including the eco house, schools, clinics, and commercial buildings.
Earth Friendly Materials
The skins we use are not wood (commonly known as OSB) instead, they are MgO (magnesium oxide) based sheets. These cement like sheets are fabricated much like gypsum boards and have superior features over cement. They consume only a fraction of the energy needed to produce cement which by itself can be considered a positive contributor towards sustainability. Further, they provide more insulation per inch than bricks or cement. Secondly, we have invested in the material that fills the core of the panel. The polyurethane based core material is the highest rated insulation materials available. So by itself, it would provide a key component to sustainability but maybe more importantly is IS the most efficient material to ship, guaranteed. This material is designed to expand 20 – 40 times when used. This literally means the amount of energy required to ship this material is 1/20th to 1/40th that needed for any other material that does not expand.
These are huge factors for supporting sustainable construction but we are not yet done. Adaptability and use: In order to be considered sustainable people everywhere must be able to use the panels. They must be able to build almost anything that is socially acceptable and conforms to or with the other locally available construction materials.
Getting the environmentally friendly material to the build site becomes affordable when the material for the panels are shipped as commodities. The next step was to get the manufacturing process out of the factory. This too must be affordable. So we developed a suite of affordable panel building systems to construct the panels on site. Three primary considerations were prominent when developing the solution. The machines needed to be low cost be easy to use and adaptable to the needs or “fit for use” of other locally available building materials. In other words, if metric materials are available the machine needs to adapt to them and if a small eco house or shelter only requires a thin wall and roof the machine needed to be adjustable to produce what was needed.
These features remove the limitation of “a limited selection of sizes” available from a factory made SIP Panel and it eliminates the factory itself. With this mindset mobility becomes a flexible component to the solution. This becomes strategically important for aid agencies, governments, international construction companies, almost anyone who builds in one location and then moves to another location.
Further adding to the sustainability of the IADDIC system is the requirement of local participation Simple machines that utilize local labor keeps money that would otherwise have been paid to the manufacturer and logistics companies in the local community. Hence, the total cost to build the eco building is much less.
A Summary of the Sustainable Benefits of the IADDIC Construction System.
- Uses raw materials that are commodities and less expensive to ship and require less energy to produce
- Have some of the highest insulating ratings for building products
- Are very structural (certified tested and quality controlled)
- Costs the least to ship internationally over any other material
- Utilize local labor and material keeping money in the local economy
- Are infinitely adjustable to accommodate local materials and requirements
- Produces panels that adapt to the requirements of the building requirements (thick or thin)
- Offers the quickest way to build eco homes or other structures
- Lasts indefinitely because they do not rot, insects do not infest them, and they are some of the most flame-resistant materials available.
- End of use includes recycling
- Produces some of the most energy efficient eco houses and eco buildings possible
- Scalable solution so building in large quantities is possible
Yes it is possible to build eco houses, schools, clinics and more using affordable eco friendly materials to support sustainable growth and sustainable cities across the globe. Lets work together on your next construction project to make it the green building project that makes a real difference.
Green Material + Green Jobs + Affordability = Sustainable