Real estate construction revolution – EpilogueWritten by Cameron Lindblom
Despite numerous advantages of eco-houses along with vast research experience and positive attitude of physicians and ecologists, they can hardly take their firm place in our life. The reason for it may be in fact that value of natural materials (like straw) is too low. A building constructed of straw assembly units can be about five times cheaper than that of conventional brick. It’s easy to make a simple conclusion that massive building of such houses may radically change market situation leading to recession of construction companies’ and developers’ incomes. They don’t have it on agenda right now for sure. At same time, wealthiest people really care about what inheritance they hand down to their descendants. That’s why they are usually concerned with environmental conditions, apart from all financial matters that are on their list of important things. You can never buy new health, can you?
Straw as real estate building materialWritten by Cameron Lindblom, RealEstateGates.com
In famous kid’s fairy tale ‘The Three Little Pigs’ one of pigs built a house of straw that made him almost pay with his life. The pig was blamed in tale for choosing wrong building material. But his material was definitely right one. He was just not aware of one important secret of construction. However, some of professional builders know secret, and they apply it in many places throughout world. As result, winners of situation are reasonable American millionaires. Why straw? Firstly, it may sound as a paradox, but straw, when handled correctly, is natural material that maximally resistant to decomposition. The recent researches by US scientists have shown that compressed straw packs about 100 years old contained some sorts of grasses, which have already disappeared. Moreover, they were preserved safe and sound. Geneticists received really unique materials for their work, while builders received confirmation of strength and durability of forgotten building materials. Secondly, in course of studying myth about straw’s fire risk was also denied. Fire tests gave out wondering results. Of course straw house can be burned down, unless straw is finished with plaster or stucco, for instance. However, after straw went under finishing, it could compete with metal by refractoriness. The temperature that made metal constructions melt could be resisted by straw structures for extra 40 minutes. Apart from this, straw buildings showed high energy-saving coefficients.