New Building Technology
By: Robert D. Brinsmead
On Wednesday last week I looked at a factory producing a new pre-fab housing solution that was almost out of this world when it comes to innovation and possibilities.
Although only recently launched, this could be bigger than General Motors in a few years in that housing is more basic than autos.
House building methods have not kept pace with the methodology and efficiency of building autos.
A custom made car would cost many times more than an ordinary car that comes off an assembly line using robots. If we were still building autos like we build houses, only millionaires could afford an auto.
Last week I saw a robot making the components of a house that can be quickly assembled – a house that is fire proof, vermin proof and earthquake proof and weather proof – plus superior insulation.
The pilot program (design, construction technology) has been developed in Australia, but larger plants are in planning to duplicate the process in in other countries.
The project has been the brainchild of my son Paul and a small group of colleagues – he is now the Director of the Australian project which is also being launched as an international project.
You may see a five minute movie about this if you Google Miihome Australia.
This week they will be delivering the product to instantly erect a work camp for 100 miners in WA for Rio Tinto, one of the world’s largest mining companies. These so-called Morphouses are transported as shipping containers. Each Morhhouse container unfolds and self levels on site in 5 minutes to provide luxury accommodation complete with satellite communication system/touch TV screen per room, toilet/bathroom for each man, hot water and all mod.cons. The buildings have amazing insulation and energy efficiency by reason of the structural material and design.
Other structures can be delivered flat top to be erected on site. I also saw being manufactured a simple one-room structure to replace tents in refugee camps, to be instantly assembled on site.
It is not feasible to provide everyone on the planet with a custom made auto. Nor is it feasible to provide a custom made house for everyone on the planet. But a hygienic, weather proof and more affordable house for everyone on the planet is startling to look a bit more feasible. You don’t need to cut down any trees to construct them – so, if you want to see it, go watch the little movie!
This building has been tested to meet every possible weather exigency possible – and will meet the most stringent engineering and government standard – it is certified to withstand Category 5 hurricanes (which we call cyclones), they can withstand flooding without structural damage, earthquakes. They are vermin and termite proof (nothing can eat them) fire proof (they will not combust or burn), and they can be dismantled and re-erected without damage. They are so well insulated that it takes very little energy to maintain optimum temperature. With double glazing, they are sound proof as well – very good for noisy locations.
One of the current projects is building a church to seat 500 people (Aborigines) in the most remote area of Australia – plus the houses for an entire village.
The company is already employing 100 Aboriginal people to produce these buildings, and plans are in hand to have a training centre so they can both construct and erect their own housing.
Despite the reputation they often have of being unreliable workers, my son says they are among their best workers. So the project might revolutionize indigenous affairs, a big hassle in this country as it is in Canada and other places.
Miihomes could make the Trailer Park a thing of the past.
Wendell Krossa 5/5/13
There is a company in the Philippines that has become fabulously wealthy building low-cost housing for poorer families. It spread like wildfire. Some of them reminded me of ovens, cement boxes with small windows and tin roofs. I don’t know about insulation and what not but they are selling well.
And there are other companies doing similar things though in higher prices ranges. Smart looking, well designed, though small homes for $40,000-70,000 and so on.
These companies are catering to that 1 billion emerging consumers that they talked about in Abundance. There are all sorts of innovative projects outside conventional boxes that could take off if tried.
Yes, I have heard of the Japan example from various viewpoints. One suggested that the society was ready to collapse soon anyway even without bombing. They (I think this was on CNN) then noted that the reason for the use of atomic weapons was purposely to make a point to Russia that we have these and this is what they can do. It was done more for illustration than for actual war need (to end the war sooner). I don’t know where that documentary is now but it did some credible stuff on US military commentary at that time.
This is an interesting issue- that elites often miss the mood and thinking of average people. Landes deals with this a lot. In actual millennial movements, priests and leaders missing the mood of the average person. And historians (another elite class) refusing to admit this apocalyptic thinking of the masses.
It is true of religious leaders across history- the Catholic conquest of Latin America where the poor masses gave the new religion their own animist interpretation. So in Thailand, Buddhist leaders holding one sanitized version of their faith but the average person infusing that with quite different meaning (and engaging blood sacrifice in back alleys everywhere under the guise of Buddhism). So elites live in one world, and most people in another.
The discipline of history has for decades tried to correct for the elite view of history with more from the common person. Problem is that elites were the literate ones and wrote most of the historical documents.
And one valid reason for much anti-US feeling across the planet has been this continuing problem of US support for allies (governing elites) that oppress their own populations.
I remember the outrage in the Philippines when Cory Aquino ran for president and won, and then Marcos stole the election once again. Ronald Reagan stood in support of Marcos and Jerry Falwell came over to support Marcos, both making themselves look more than foolish. That almost pushed the country into civil war, except the people flooded into the streets to hold the first of the modern people power movements to oust totalitarian regimes. European examples followed in subsequent years.
But the US did not help liberate the country as they should have. That took ordinary Filipinos taking to the streets peacefully to bring down Marcos. I did my part even as a foreigner.
And I wrote one angry letter to the US Consulate in Manila to protest Reagan’s support of Marcos. How could he be so blind when the entire country was coming out for Aquino.
Bob Brinsmead – 6/5/13
It seems that really free trade creates peace and keeps the peace. Wars are generally caused by efforts to control, distort, monopolize, restrict, and force a greater market share of either resources or products.
That’s why the free trade movement, led by the Cairns group of nations of which Australia is a member, are making the greatest contribution toward world peace. There is no point in killing a good customer or client. Governments are the villains, the promote war of some kind when they intervene to distort the free and open market. Nations too are provoked into going to war when they feel cheated or squeezed out of a fair and open market, and when the competition becomes very unfair.