Affordability

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What should affordability include?

 

How can it be affordable if it's unhealthy, unsafe, or unsustainable?

 

The cost of building a home has been increasing steadily for the last 70 years. In 2015 the average sales price of a new home was $468k, while the average household income was $72k - so the current price:income ratio is 6.5x. Conventional wisdom says that this ratio should be 2.5x, but we have not seen that level in the US since the 1960’s.

 

Our mission is to reduce the price:income ratio of single family housing back down to 2.5x - while simultaneously and dramatically raising the bar for quality, safety, health, and sustainability in the structures we call home.

 

Bioceramic architecture now makes this possible. The material cost for a bioceramic home is lower than a conventional wood house. We also expect the labor cost to be lower than a conventional house. Both material and labor cost will decrease as Geoship technology matures over the next 4-7 years.

 

Low operational energy. The R-value per inch of cellular ceramic insulation is higher than conventional fiberglass insulation. Thermal bridging is minimal because bioceramic domes do not have frames. The dome creates a very tight envelope that lends itself perfectly well to air exchange by natural convection (rather than by disruptive fans). The ceramics also deflect over 80% of the sun’s radiation, forming a highly efficient “cool roof”. The electrochromic glass and automated vents work with strategically placed thermal masses in the interior walls/floor to assist the dome in heating and cooling itself passively. The savings in operational energy also extend well beyond your monthly heating/cooling costs. Maintenance costs for the all-ceramic home is expected to be very low. Damage can be easily repaired using the bioceramic itself. It bonds to itself like a tenacious waterproof glue.

 

A two story, 1,500 sqft bioceramic dome has 30% to 50% less surface area than a two story 1,500 sqft box house. This translates into 30% to 50% less material cost (or more because bioceramic domes are precast with almost zero waste), and 30% to 50% more insulation. There is a direct correlation between surface area and insulative value. The geodesic dome is the “lightest, strongest, most efficient means of enclosing space known to man”, this is according to the American Institute of Architects.

 

Long life. The revolutionary material properties promise remarkable longevity. Ceramics can last a long time, especially because they can be easily resurfaced with the same material! Portland cement is non-crystalline and hydraulically bonded. Bioceramics are crystalline and covalently/ionically bonded. They have been well proven in several critical industries. The cracking and corrosion we see with Portland concrete (due primarily to water penetration) is practically eliminated. Cost pressures are forcing builders to use cheaper materials and build lower quality homes. A typical HUD (Housing and Urban Development) home today is expected to last only 30-55 years! At which point it becomes a tremendous burden to future generations. Homes that become unhealthy due to mold growth, that are destroyed by fires and hurricanes, or that only last for 50 years are completely unsustainable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We should do away with the absolutely specious notion that everybody has to earn a living. It is a fact today that one in ten thousand of us can make a technological breakthrough capable of supporting all the rest. The youth of today are absolutely right in recognizing this nonsense of earning a living. We keep inventing jobs because of this false idea that everybody has to be employed at some kind of drudgery because, according to Malthusian Darwinian theory he must justify his right to exist. So we have inspectors of inspectors and people making instruments for inspectors to inspect inspectors. The true business of people should be to go back to school and think about whatever it was they were thinking about before somebody came along and told them they had to earn a living.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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