When you think of a house made of cardboard, you tend to think of the childhood doll houses or architectural models. We are talking about a real home made of recycled cardboard which allows up to 30% savings in construction costs and energy conservation benefits. The concept behind the idea is based on corrugated cardboard strength and insulation properties.
Layered like an onion.
The inventor of the concept, Hubert Le, was trying to stop a leak in the roof with pieces cardboard when the idea came to him. He asserts that the principle is the same as adding layers of clothing in the winter, several thin layers insulate better than one big sweater. Thus, the layers of cardboard are superimposed one on the other, waterproofed, and sealed in fireproof panels. These in turn are inserted into timber frames and finished according to the taste of the owner. The idea realizes the excellent insulation properties of recycled carton for walls, floors, and ceilings. You can visit the MacHomewebsite for the technical aspects or read on for this report by France 2.
The ultimate ecological, recyclable, “green” house!
Given the nature of the components, these houses could be recycled up to seven times and have a very long life. What are even more interesting are the possibilities for humanitarian aid such as field hospitals, schools, and shelters for victims or the poor. There are plans for DIY training and Hubert Le plans to hire people with disabilities to prepare panels. It is of an accessible simplicity and a great revolution is to be expected in this direction in the middle of the ecological construction.
Everything is a matter of common sense.
It is unrealistic to think that we can continue deforestation to supply the accelerated global demand for construction materials. It takes ecological and economic solutions, and it all seems to point to the recycling of raw materials. There are for example, compressed bales of cardboard being tested in Germany that could be used for projects such as conferences, public events, and concerts since the compressed cardboard provides outstanding acoustic insulation.
Environmental virtues of recycled cardboard.
We applaud the work of these pioneers who dare to go beyond the rooted paradigms and explore intelligent solutions for our sustainable development. We have long known that scrap cardboard has a high ecological value and throwing it away is a form of environmental crime. It is particularly sad that some warehouses are filled to the brim with paper and cardboard. Recyclers are having trouble finding opportunities to liquidate these treasures since China has reduced imports and increased the quality criteria for waste recycling. This affects all recycled materials (see the article in Le Devoir). Rather than sending our waste from one side of the planet to the other, it would be greener to promote our own opportunities to give second life to our raw materials. A company like ours works hard at it, but we need more engagement!
We can actually imagine a movement that promotes building with recycled carton like the Alveolar house as an ecological and economical choice.