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.