Many things are plaguing the world right now but the thing that seems like the biggest threat to all of us continues to be climate change. We get a new reminder of Mother Nature’s wrath almost every day, with “historic” flooding and fires now becoming common.
And while we are trying to reduce carbon emissions and address other environmental issues, it’s not an easy task and requires total cooperation. The weather may only get worse and more unpredictable but we can do what we can to help the environment.
One way we can do it is by living in homes that can withstand the worst effects of climate change. The houses created by startup company Geoship can do just that. These aren’t just your ordinary square or rectangular-shaped houses; these homes are geodesic domes.
No Wood or Concrete Necessary
Geoship bioceramic homes are resistant to fires, floods, and earthquakes, and they can withstand extreme heat. The reason for this is due to the material they’re made of: ceramic.
“So there’s no wood, there’s no metal, there’s no concrete, there’s no petrochemicals,” says Geoship CEO Morgan Bierschenk. “The frame is ceramic, the exterior is ceramic, and the interior is ceramic, and it’s filled with a healthy insulation material that could be wool or a cellular ceramic.”
But this isn’t the same stuff your dishes and flower pots are made of; it’s chemically bonded ceramics called bioceramics. This highly crystalline and water-activated material won’t rust or rot. And, in addition to being extremely durable, it’s carbon-neutral and produces no pollution. The bioceramic domes also have an estimated lifespan of 500 years.
“What we’re building is ceramic domes that are 100% non-toxic,” Bierschenk says.
Other than an interesting design aesthetic, the shape of Geoship’s home plays a role when it comes to energy efficiency. The dome has 30 to 50% less surface area than a regular home, which means there’s less heat loss in cold weather. Plus, the ceramic reflects about 80% of radiant heat.
Building a Community…Literally
Another potentially huge benefit of these dome homes is that they can be built very quickly – as fast as six days for the bigger ones. And, owners may be able to assemble them themselves, as they are comprised of pre-made parts that fit together in only one way.
Geoship’s goal is to build more than homes; they also want to build communities. The company envisions entire neighborhoods that can be constructed rapidly and affordably. And because the domes can attach to one another, this gives people the opportunity to create multi-family homes.
“The reason we’re doing this, in the first place, has a lot to do with village building, right?” says Bierschenk. “There’s so many of us out there today, myself included, that have been kind of looking for your village … looking for your tribe of people that you want to build community with and really connect with the land and have a place where your kids have many aunts and uncles around, and a village to kind of welcome them home for many generations into the future. So, it’s definitely a post-climate change utopian future.”
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