Sustainability Compilation #1: Sustainable Housing


Brikawood was developed by a French company and takes an aim at sustainability in construction. Instead of hammering the wood together the boards are constructed to fit into each other. This way you only need a minimum amount of extra supplies, construction is faster and it’s much easier than traditional methods. Interestingly there are more features. The boards cost 57-62 % of the standard boards due to how they’re designed. From freeing rains to earthquakes up to 8.5 the house will be sturdy for most climates.


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Included here are the ByFusion & Concept Plastics articles so you can have a look at some other methods of sustainable construction currently being developed.

By Fusion

You can now build a house from plastic lying on the ground. A company called ByFusion is taking recycling to a new level. They have engineered a process which takes everyday plastic and molds it into a brick called RePlast which can be used just like any other brick. The process is versatile enough that any plastic can be incorporated. Especially now when so much plastic is thrown away easily and will take hundreds of years to degrade it’s better for us to find a usage for it aside from the dump. Look them up if you’re interested or want the service. I just wish I had a use for it because it sounds like an amazing method of reusing what we so carelessly throw away. My recommendation would be to install pick-up services. So few places offer to collect these materials and if someone was offering to take all this stuff, even if they threw in a small profit, it would surely entice everybody to pitch in.

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Concept Plastics

Concept Plastics (Conceptos Plásticos) is a Colombian company creating homes from trash. The sheer waste of plastic around the Earth is tremendous when you think of how it could easily be recycled for a different purpose. To put this into perspective, people have built houses from used beer cans. How many cans could you collect if an entire community contributed? This is the mentality you need to have when you intend to recycle and it is thriving in this company. Colombia is of course no exception with hundreds of tons of plastic waste filling landfills, serving no purpose. Fortunately, they can now be used, and quite wonderfully.

The founder of Concept Plastics, Oscar Andrés Méndez, has invented a process where recyclable material can be converted into strong, plastic-derived beams. These beams are constructed to connect just like Legos, making construction an easy task. The materials used include anything from plastic containers and recyclable bags to old electronic equipment and tires. The best part is that these plastic beams are being used as low-cost housing and being given to thousands of homeless people, in an effort to help those less fortunate. The ideas from here are limitless, especially when you consider the current trends of sustainability and environmental protection. Happy building Mr. Méndez.

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