Sunday, August 5, 2012
How do you build differently?
If when designing said structure one could look to nature for inspiration. Eggs of all kinds and larva are good examples. Shells of any types are another one worth considering. Then make sure there is no outer-parts of the building that your fingers can catch on, for if your fingers can, so can wind and water. Furthermore, a two part foundation known as a saddleback foundation system (coined by me) can be installed. This is where when digging the hole for the foundation you place culvert pipe in the base of the hole, laying the pipe under the foundation for drainage. This pipe leads the water away from the structure to an underground manmade reservoir (Dome over stone, sand with screen and then an upside-down dome to catch water at base). In doing this, floodwaters will no longer be the threat they are today.Then a pour in-place foundation is to be set, than a prefab basement unit in to place and home will be attached to. Telescopic piping could also be implemented at the proper structural points of the poured foundation (saddle) and attached to the prefab basement that is cradled there in. Reasoning is, when floodwater rises, the structure will be secure horizontally and yet able to rise vertically safely. When floodwaters reach their max, pins can be put in to place in the piping to secure the structure so that the sub-foundation (saddle) can be cleaned and the structure lowered back in to place. In flashflood / drought zones, this would be an asset to the community that has no water during the summer months.
I hope this help give a better understanding of how to “Build to flow with nature and not to resist it.” Thanks goes to Homesgofast.com for their inquiry, hope this answers your question and at the same time helps inform others to the ways of building to live and not to die. All inquiry welcome, all answers free! I am only here to serve the people of our world.
Mary K. Butler