Question

I have a patent construction method which deliver natural disasters resistant structures, with an insulation factor R56 minimum, roof/walls.

Asked by Eugenio Aburto, AIA-E
Palm Desert, CA

What is wrong with that? nobody look interested about, in spate that the cost is 20% less than traditional, no mold, no termites. I use concrete pour in place, which make the method fast, and I use non skilled labor, which creates jobs. Can you tell me how make people happy living in a safe environment and expended less money than build by wood framing?

Answer

Eugenio, Sounds interesting! Unfortunately, nothing is disaster resistant, just more resistant then typical construction methods. Possibly it is your marketing methods which is your downfall. Below are few question to ask yourself: 1. How flexible is the system to allow for alteration and or customization? 2. What are the aesthetics and does it satisfy trends in todays housing market? 3. Does it meet standards such as Miami Dade for hurricane regions, earth quake proof or flood proof? 4. Are there any installation of the system which testing and durability can be measured side by side with typical methods of construction? The claims you have made in your statement are impressive, but what are you comparing to? 20% less then WHAT??? No Mold.....mold develops when two items are present continuous moisture and a food source. Concrete is porous and wicks moisture. Can you guarantee against faulty construction and improperly installed flashing by non-skilled labor allowing water infiltration and food source into the interior of the home which will grow mold? Do you have a legacy report to substantiate this claim? Creating jobs; the jobs you are creating are temporary and on a project by project bases. This does not reduce unemployment nor does it produce commerce. Teaching them how to build your system will not guarantee that with the experience they obtain they will be able to land a new career once the project is finished? Not to mention, most poured in place concrete structures use general laborers (non-skilled labor) to perform the tasks of form installation and removal and pouring of the concrete. So nothing new with that claim. What hard facts do you have to prove Job Creation? It appears that you are trying to touch on all of the buzz words in the construction industry, unfortunately for you, everyone is realizing this and are not buying what your are selling. I hope you take my comments as constructive criticism and the start to rigorous dialog. I wish you luck in reassessing your system and market direction. Harold J Remlinger, AIA, LEED BD+C, NCARB

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