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"One of the more promising products, being developed by Composite Building Structures, Ltd., Fort Myers, is a high-tech fiberglass composite that can be used to make the frame and shell of a house."

Wall Street Journal - Marketplace Section - 11/23/05  (See Article)

 

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Great Emphasis is being placed on the “Green” and “Sustainable” aspects of housing.  Some comparisons between Construction Optimized Composites with wood and concrete block indicate the unique advantages of the composites.  They are “Green Friendly” and “Environmentally Responsible.”

 

Because composites are up to 1,400 times stronger than wood, less material is used:

·         2,600 pounds of composite versus 34,000 pounds of wood versus 81,000 pounds of block

·         30 composite homes each day replacing wood saves cutting 15,000 acres of trees each year!

·         30 composite homes each day replacing concrete block saves using 15,000 tons of cement, aggregate, & rebar

 

Because a composite 2,000 square foot home contains 880 pounds of resin & 1,720 pounds of glass

·         The weight of resin is the same weight as five 20-gallon tanks of gasoline in your car

·         Every 5th petrochemical fill-up could have built a home for someone

·         The glass content can be recycled into bottles

 

Because composites are precision made in a continuous process

·         They are manufactured at a rate of 3 feet per minute 24 hours a day 365 days a year

·         Which is slower than you could walk but faster than any tree can grow

·         Every part is identical in size, strength, and performance

 

Because composites are light weight, transportation costs are reduced.

·         Parts for 18 homes can be transported in 1 truck to remote panelizing sites

·         All wall, roof, and floor panels are assembled near or on the building site

·         Set of panels for a complete home can be transported on 3 trucks

 

Because composites are insulative, dry, non-absorbent, and termite proof Insulation values of R-22 to R-40 are possible in a 6” wall

·         Composite buildings are tight and lower the cost of utilities

·         A 6” wall adds 2.4% more inside space compared to a 10” block wall

 

Up to 20 LEED points possible for “Green Building Certification”

·         EA (Energy & Atmosphere) Up to 12 points - Credit 1 due to the insulation properties reducing energy costs.  This could help to earn up to 10 points, but would not single-handedly earn points.

·         MR (Materials & Resources) Up to 2 points - Credits 4.1 and 4.2 Materials Reuse,  Reuse of waste, saw cuts, hole punch-outs,  and the start and ends of production runs.  This reuse and the recycling composite resin and glass, whether post-industrial or post-consumer, can earn up to 2 points. 

·         MR (Materials & Resources) Up to 2 points - Credits 5.1 and 5.2 for products locally extracted and processed, then shipped and assembled regionally (for building panels assembled within 500 miles of any part making plant). 

·         EQ (Indoor Environmental Quality) Up to 1 point – Credits 4.4 provided that the USGBC would consider pultrusions as a part of the "composite wood & agri-fiber" products, although that's a stretch as glass is made from minerals and not fiber although both the resin and insulation could be made from naturally renewable organic compounds. 

·         Innovation and Design points Up to 4 points - Where there is improvement in energy efficiency.  Where parts do not use coatings or sealants.  Where use would improve air quality.  Where there is a great reduction of materials. Where there is recyclability.  Where there is low Embodied Energy (EE is not specifically a point yet but could certainly be used for composites.  The maximum achievable is 4 points for 4 ideas, but there may be other innovations, such as using local otherwise unemployed labor to construct it since it is so easy to put together. 

·         Strength and Flexibility may eventually earn points since composite buildings would survive storms like Charlie, Katrina, Rita, earthquakes like Kobe and San Francisco, and in reducing future waste from the devastations.

 

A CBS pultrusion plant manufactures parts in sufficient quantities to construct 300 custom building shells each month.

 

In three years, two plants, producing 600 custom building shells each month, would have a 12.5% market share of the 1,600 projected new home starts each day (48,000 per month) in the five Southern states from the Texas Gulf to the Florida’s East Coast.

 

Production of 600 buildings each month amounts to a 0.4% total US market penetration over 3 years.  It will take creative investing and talent to model automated construction on automotive practices, but it can be done.

 

All the parts are proven and in place.  We just have to arrange them.  With your help and support, this is achievable.

 

Bold steps are required to automate the last labor intensive wasteful major industry in America

 

 

 

No new land is being made - but people are and land is being sacrificed unwisely.

 

 

 

 

World Statistics

Every

Population

Homes

Land

 

Births

New Starts

Acres Cleared

Second

4

1.1

0.2

Minute

240

66

12

Hour

14,400

3,960

720

Day

345,600

95,040

17,280

Week

2,419,200

665,280

120,960

Month

9,676,800

2,661,120

483,840

Year

116,121,600

31,933,440

5,806,080

 

 

 

 

US Statistics

Every

Population

Homes

Land

 

Births

New Starts

Acres Cleared

Second

0.14

0.06

0.02

Minute

8

4

1

Hour

508

223

56

Day

12,202

5,357

1,339

Week

85,417

37,500

9,375

Month

341,667

150,000

37,500

Year

4,100,000

1,800,000

450,000

 

 

 

 

Composites are destined to become the new building material of choice – world-wide

 

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