BioLogical Building Production Technology
ZERO CARBON BUILDING TECHNLOGY
Zero Carbon Building Technology uses an optimum combination of the above technologies to create Zero Carbon living, working and living space. This has involved systems specification, design and production engineering to enable Zero Carbon Buildings to be developed, produced and operated with a Zero Carbon footprint.
Zero Carbon Building Technology’s Aim: Is To Produce The Most Efficient Zero Carbon Building Solutions Possible.
The Building Industry Problem
The current process of building, operating and disposing of buildings is inefficient and wasteful:
Materials: Cementitous materials (concretes, etc.), bricks, mortars, metals, plastics, etc are massively energy intensive (KwH/ton) to produce, have relatively low performance per unit (MPa/Kg, Db/ m3, Wk/m3, etc) and are not efficient to recycle.
Process: The assembly of a building albeit a relatively simple engineering process is also grossly inefficient; approximately a dozen skills (architect, engineers, project manager, foundation team, steel fabricators, brick layers, roofers, plumbers, electricians, plasterers, carpenters, painters) inputs are required, mainly outside.
Operation: Because buildings have been poorly specified, designed and built they require vastly more energy then they should need to operate, and the thermal / electrical energy source and use is inefficient.
The end result is currently a building that takes far more energy to build than necessary, takes longer than necessary, costs far more then it should do to build and operate, uses space inefficiently (the allowable built area is taken up with an unnecessary volume of building materials) and finally has poor recyclability.
The Zero Carbon Building Solution
Materials: A multi layer sandwich composite called BioCreTx (yet to be patented and trade marked) is made up of primarily recycled materials; paper, grit, wood, stone, aluminium, resin. These materials have a low or negative embedded energy content and when used in the optimum patented combinations have extremely high performance that sounds and feels like concrete and is at least as durable.
Process: Offsite factory finished walls, floors and roofs are produced using a propriety patented process that enables the architect to “direct print” to the production line. All the “trades” processes are efficiently integrated in the factory with only a specialist site preparation and assembly team needed onsite.
Operation: A building that is optimally designed to minimise energy loss, therefore energy use and the energy that is required can be generated onsite.
The end result is a building that has a low or negative embedded energy content, requires no external energy to operate, is developed and built in a fraction of the time it takes to build a conventional building, optimises the available built space giving the developer a greater return on their investment, costs less then existing brick, steel and mortar “industry standard” buildings and finally its components are cradle to cradle recyclable.
ZCTx plans to establish Zero Carbon Building Factories in strategic locations on a country by country basis to be able to provide Zero Carbon Built environments efficiently and profitably. Zero Carbon Building Factories are ideal for establishing on a franchise basis. Professional franchising is acknowledged to be a very successful means of business expansion (growth in the UK was 5 times higher in the UK in 2008 than any other business sector) and banks consider such franchises to be lower risk SME clients.
Current brick, steel and mortar “industry standard” turn key buildings cost approximately GBP750/m2 to develop, the new building standard Code 6 “Zero Carbon” turn key buildings are costing approximately GBP1, 250/m2 to develop. It is anticipated that in the UK Zero Carbon Buildings will cost no more than GBP500/m2 of floor plan to develop. The use of high performance materials means that there is 50% less wasted built space. Developed “built environment” sells for GBP2,500/m2 the space saving from the use of high performance materials is worth more than the cost of the walls!