Sustainable and disaster-resistant homes

Geoship

The environmental impact is a topic at the center of the debates of recent years: more and more exponents and sectors of the economy carefully evaluate this criterion when they make decisions about daily life or work. In a world where forest fires and hurricanes are more and more frequent, designing innovative homes could serve to secure weather disasters.

Morgan Bierschenk, started the Geoship a startup that designs new homes, with a geodetic dome-shaped design, made not with conventional materials but with bioceramics, an element able not only to withstand natural disasters but also to drastically reduce costs of construction. With green building and the use of new materials it is possible to obtain the maximum performance and guarantee a low environmental impact, so if up to some time ago the use of ecological materials and the reduction of waste in the construction site involved additional costs, today the use or re-use of sustainable materials is not only advantageous in economic terms, but also efficient.


There are many examples of alternative materials to those used for traditional building, which can ensure safety, well-being and low environmental impact. The best known are: Wood: also used to build entire houses, wood is a perfect material due to its resistance to earthquakes and fires, its flexibility and reduced costs compared to the classic cement. It is also a 100% recyclable material; Bamboo: a very promising building material for modern buildings.

Its combination of tensile strength and lightness make it the ideal material for building; Cork: in addition to being used in insulation panels, it is used in granules to obtain sustainable and resistant plaster; Hemp: excellent starting point for making resistant bricks, creating a sort of cement; Mycelium: substance extracted from mushrooms to be used as an insulator instead of plastic foams Load-bearing straw panels: already used in the construction of passive houses, these are panels made by drying straw, obtaining an economic and ecological constructive solution, super-insulating and modular; Climate scholars and geographers predict increasingly intense storms and atmospheric phenomena and, in parallel, architects and urban planners are called upon to think and test increasingly resistant and resilient infrastructures, capable of intelligently adapting to climate change.

The structure of the houses is fire-resistant up to 1482 degrees Celsius. Furthermore, it reflects over 80% of the sun’s heat, helping to keep the interior cool and resists both insects and mold. The manufacturers guarantee that the bioceramics in a flood absorbs little water. During an earthquake, due to the shape of the building and the way the panels are joined, the house will remain standing.

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  1. Geoship is an old-fashioned, recycled idea, that has already been realized by Buckminster and also by the German architect Hübner. Bioship needs a lot of landscape and does not comply with fire protection laws nor does it suffice for heat and sound insulation.

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  2. IN CASE OF FIRE / Wood resists fires much better than traditional materials, although it is classified as a fuel; it has a high resistance to fire thanks to its surface layer, characterized by low thermal conductivity. During combustion, and therefore during a fire, the upper layer of wood is transformed into charcoal; this layer will then act as an insulator and protect the rest of the material from oxygen and high temperatures and therefore from the spread of fire. In this way, the fire will only damage the outermost surface of the wood, without affecting the inside and therefore its ability to support the entire structure of the house. This material burns much more slowly also thanks to the presence of water inside it and it does not deform at high temperatures, maintaining the integrity of the structure; for this reason, it can be considered an excellent material for raising the load-bearing elements of a home. The fire damages the wood layer by layer, thinning the section slowly, and the mechanical breakage of the element takes place only when the part of the section not yet cabonized is so reduced that it can no longer perform its load-bearing function.
    This material is an even better fire-fighting choice than steel (a material that is always present inside reinforced concrete), although it is not a flammable material. In fact steel, if subjected to a drastic increase in temperature as in the case of a fire, undergoes a rapid loss of its stability. Without adequate protection, its fire resistance time is very short; due to its high heat conductivity, after only 5 minutes of exposure to fire the steel reaches about 500 ° C, which is the so-called critical temperature for this material, and after 10 minutes of fire the steel construction collapses on itself same.
    So, although wood is a flammable material, it better resists fire than others that are not, and therefore using it as a building material is an excellent choice to combat the risk of fires.☺️✌️

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