FAQ's - Gaias Homes

 

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Honestly? We dont know it for sure. But if you believe in the allmighty science, it should be around 500+ years. – depending on the weather and the local environment.

Most materials degrade with the time, weather, especially water, bacterias, fungus and mold attack all natural building materials.

Not so our Material.

Since it contains a high amount of plastic waste, the lifespan of our houses is up to 500 years. Your Grand-Grand-Grand-Grand-Grand-Grand-Grandchildren could live in this house in the year 2517

 

Everything. The work of the Architect and all Extra Packages we have in our sortiment (If ordered)

We only produce / deliver the material needed for the homes. You have to get all licenses, governmental approvements etc. yourself. As soon as we start business, we will care for material approvements and licenses from our side, so you can be assured that you will be able to build with our material in your country.

No. We only deliver the material for the house. Leveling and the cement foundation beforehand or afterwards will not be done by us. These services will be handled for a fairly low price by other specialized companies. We will offer youtube videos for all steps included in the house building process, including different options for foundations, so you can even do it all by yourself.

The site needs to be leveled and the ground needs to be solid to a certain degree. If your property has only very soft soil, you need to get at least a 20cm layer of compact Sand/gravel/stone layer on top so we can build your house on a secure foundation.

Our materials come directly from post customer waste, the bottle you just drink out and the plastic bag you bought today in the supermarket, will become the houses of the future.

 

We build our houses after the same principles as the old Mayas in the Americas or the Pharaoh’s in Egypt. With blocks that fit exactly into each other, without the need of stiff and fixed adhesives. This means in an impact they have space to move and wont break into pieces. Our houses will withstand the impact of a middle strong earthquake easily. And if we had to chose to be in a cement built house or in one of our houses in a heavy earthquake, we would chose our houses.

 

Like the buildings of the old Mayas and Pharaohs stand until today, and this since many thousands of years, we want to build for future generations as well.

 

Our Bricks are hollow inside and we will funnel the electric wiring and the plumbing into the walls while building them.

Every Corner-Pole will be set into a own Cement foundation. The walls in between will be built on plain ground. The finished home will be then afterwards inside filled with cement foundation.

Our Bricks are hollow inside, and air is an excellent insulator. Since air is mostly empty space, (98% to be exact) thermal energy does not transfer easily through it. This is for example why big, fluffy blankets with lots of trapped air are so warm – because your body heat stays where it should be, on your side of the blanket.

They are incredible strong. You can see the Videos about it at the top of this page.

Yes, our Material is strong and withstands all impacts. It does not take in water, withstands extreme heat and will not ever set on fungus or mold

We remove plastic waste out of the environment and use it to build long lasting homes. No wood neeeded. In the regular cement built houses, to keep the frames up, every year Millions of trees get cut to build the frames and poles. This is not necessary with our technology anymore.

This depends on the size of the house and the extras that are ordered. While 2-3 people are enough to build a basic 25sqm house, it will need up to 8 people to build a 200sqm house with all extras in up to 20 days.

No – We were even thinking about a lifelong guarantee, but since we know how much likely house owners would contact us on a regular basis because of minor issues – which always will come up over time – we decided against that. But we will have a 24/7 hotline and a Team of Engineers always ready if really something happens that should not happen. We are there for you if you need us.

If it is a material or construction failure, Repair is on us!

We had so many offers from people all around the world who wanted to work with us, so we decided to create a community of like minded people. We want to create a positive impact as big as possible, our sustainable media channel is the result of this process.

Weather Resistance:

Our Building Material consists to a certain degree of recycled plastic, which gives it some positive characteristics, but some can also be negative to a certain degree, even though we keep those negative impacts as minimal as possible. Extreme weather conditions will worsen in the upcoming years due to climate change, we include those patterns into our calculations.

Earthquakes:

One of the huge advantages of our technology is its ability to withstand earthquakes to a certain degrees. Common cement/mortar/concrete mixtures and the resulting structures are brittle. An impact strong enough is able to cause the structure to crack or even to collapse. Many cultures in the past used ways of construction without brittle adhesive. Two examples are the ancient cultures of South/Latin America and Egypt. Fitting building blocks perfectly next to each other, leaving a nearly non recognizable gap, gives the structure space to move in the case of an impact. If all parts can move slightly in comparison to each other, there are no cracks and no damages to the whole structure. This effect has of course limits, which is one of the reasons why we limit our technology for now to one / two floor buildings. But this way of construction has proven itself over the past 3000+ years. Even in Areas with continuous heavy earthquake impacts, many ancient buildings built this way have survived until the present, which shows clearly the efficiency of this technology.

Extreme Temperatures:

Plastic softens in very high temperatures. In certain areas of Asia temperatures can rise very high to 50+ Degrees Celsius in certain times of the year. Our Material has a melting point of >200 Degrees Celsius. Nonetheless – high temperatures could soften our Material particularly. This is why we limit our technology out of precautions for now to one / two floor buildings until we added stronger parts to our product series or made an extended research on this issue. Our Product has very good isolating capabilities in “average” hot climate conditions and very cold weather conditions due to its hollow shapes. Air is a bad conductor and the “pillow” of Air inside of the Material acts like a buffer to maintain a more stable average day/night temperature inside the house.

Fire:

Due to certain ingredients our Bricks have a very high resistance to fire. An Electrical short circuit or a small fire are not able to harm our material in a threatening way. Even the direct impact of flames over a longer time can not cause our material to inflame. In case of a fire inside or directly next to the building, the flames could be still able to cause severe damage to the building which could weaken the structure and cause the building to collapse in the long run, depending on the size of the fire itself. A long and severe impact of fire on the building itself can release harmful fumes in the process of melting and particularly burning the material in extreme temperatures. Our Bricks have an average melting point of 250 Degrees Celsius and can start releasing fumes after passing the limit of >250 Degrees Celsius.

Floods:

Another threat to infrastructure are floods. Plastic floats due to its low density, but the low plastic proportion in our material, compared to the high proportion of high density natural minerals makes our Material heavy enough to stay underneath the water line. Our houses will be additionally reinforced at the very beginning with construction adhesive at important structural points, which binds the whole building to its concrete foundation. This is an additional but not necessary safety precaution we decided upon. The hollow cavities of the parts may be not visible with the eye, but will be not totally sealed, so water has the ability to penetrate the inner hollow cavities of the parts. As long as the water rises in a slow pace, and does not penetrate the house as a sudden massive wave, the houses will withstand floods better than any other building built with common natural materials. Our Material does not allow water to penetrate in it itself, which causes the building itself to descend out of the floods afterwards completely dry and unharmed, while other buildings suffer from the moisture intake due to water penetration. This does of course not count for the cement foundation which can always take harm in such cases.

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