A Description of Existing Building Design and Technological Limitations

Ekotecture - Essential ArchitectureThis list describes the functional, environmental limitations, qualities and characteristics of conventional building designs and building technology systems used to construct and maintain them.

It provides the basics for the development of design criteria for the design process which will create future buildings which can be sustained and which shall sustain all human organisms, through this millennium and beyond.  This is the time for an evolutionary leap forward in our design process and in our consciousness of the relevant criteria.

EXISTING BUILDING DESIGN AND TECHNOLOGY LIMITATIONS:

(1) Utilizes a central utility grid which consumes natural resources in order to maintain building utility necessities: food, light, gas, and water.

(2) As a result of utilizing natural resource consuming technologies (fossil, nuclear), existing buildings release toxic wastes into the air, water, soil.

(3) Produces water, ground water and ground pollution as a result of  disposal of organic waste ino the ground, streams, wells, oceans, and rivers.

(4) Drain deep aquifers as a result of relying on deep wells causing foundations to sink, structural damage and sink holes.

(5) Produces economic imbalances and political instability in the international community as a result of moving material resources  across continents , oceans and national boundaries.

(6) Contributes  to the global ecosystem collapse caused by oil spills, fossil fuel off gassing, wars to obtain resources, burning the rain forrest.

(7) Utilizes 10,000 year old manual trade unions and guilds, building technologies and construction systems which make the building far too expensive for 90% of the world market, preventing growth and development.

(8) Do not protect the inhabitants against normal every day damage from earthquakes, floods, tidal surges, hurricanes, tornadoes and fires.

Items 9-20 describe the building limitations which suppress the body’s own natural immune-healing system.  we believe this is the primary cause of today’s high incidence of disease, environment and diet.

(9) Do not provide the inhabitants protection against viruses, bacteria, mold, and mildew causing physical illnesses within the building.

(10) Subjects the inhabitantss to the stress of discomfort  (unhealthy) drafts, relative humidity, variations in room temperature, cold floors and indoor air pollution.

(11) Deprives inhabitants of oxygen and subjects them to carbon dioxide and many toxic indoor air pollutants.

(12) Subjects inhabitants to the detrimental effects of harmful electromagnetic fields caused by high voltage alternating current.

(13) Subject inhabitants to inadequate levelss of full spectrum natural sun lighting, overworking the eyes.

(14) Subjects inhabitants to excessive concentration of positive ions, altering body chemistry.

(15) Subjects the inhabitansts to noise, vibration, friction, heat, odors, and ozone from high voltage alternating  electric motorized appliances, creating stress, and toxic poisoning.

(16) Subjects inhabitants to inadequate space, privacy, and light (especially in northern latitudes where northern light is very weak) causing psychological stress and depression.

(17) Subjects inhabitants and workmen to lethal electric shock, reducing life expectancy.

(18) Subjectss inhabitants to never ending financial pressure to pay for the acquisition and consumption of resources and treatment of dissease caused by the pollution.

(19) prevents inhabitants from being able to relocate(stress).

(20) Subjects inhabitants to high property taxes and ,maintenance charges (stress).

(21) Do not allow adequate winter sun (for heat and light) to enter the building

(22) Do not prevent summer sun (overheating and brightness) from entering the building.

(23) Do not allow the window to be left open when it is raining.

(24) Do not provide the occupant free access (from every interior room) between the interior and exterior environments.

(25) Do not provide fresh floral fragrances to “charge” the air with aromatic essences.

Of these limitations #7 is the most tangible issue preventing most people from living a healthy life.  They simply can not afford to live the good life, because they can not pay for the home and its required services.  In other words, the greatest barrier to providing homes for the world is cost.

In order to qualify as a global solution to infrastructure, food and essential services, all solutions must be affordable to the vast majority of people who do not have them.  This automatically means that any real solution must be a machine mass produced.  mass design and mass production by automated factories using the latest information technology to streamline and control the process, from a single integrated data base will reduce the per unit cost to the end consumer, opening up major new markets in India, China, Africa.

In order to qualify as a sustianbale solution, the structure must withstand the forces of nature.  This demands an infinite space frame, central structural concept.  It can be made from a polymer fiber reinforced lightweight cement containing a metalic-mineral crystal aggregate such as sodium silicate.  The plastic mixture would be injection molded in aheated pressurized process, the core structures can be quickly with very short curing time before being ejected into a canal and floated down the assembly line to the next outfitting station.

We have spoke n to the DOD regarding utilizing their abandoned naval manufacturing facilities.

With proof of concept, of course, second stage funding will be available to build or licence more factories in Asia, India , Africa, and provide housing for expanding thrid world markets.

Utilizing the open water of lakes, rivers, bays and open seas as new buildable territory, opens up lucrative economic possibilities for real estate developers looking to avoid future real estate taxes(these can be negotiated as payments, in lieu of taxes, with each taxing authority.  No such taxes, state, federal now exit for marine environments (ships and boats pay a docking fee).

 

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