The construction of honeycomb houses is a sustainable and economical alternative to traditional construction. In addition, these houses have insulating (thermal and phonic) and structural properties, which makes them a very interesting option for those who wish to reduce their carbon footprint and improve the energy efficiency of their home.
However, to ensure the durability of this type of construction, it is important to consider factors other than the material used in the structure of the house. For example, it is important to choose environmentally friendly construction materials and finishes, as well as energy-efficient heating and cooling systems. In addition, it is essential to ensure that the construction process is carried out in a responsible manner and that the environmental impact is minimized.
In the village of La Vraie-Croix (Morbihan), Aurélie Le Clanche and Nicolas Le Dirach decided to opt for this solution. They built their house in a few days, in honeycomb cardboard with soundproofing, structural and thermal properties, but without concrete. The couple moved into this house this year.
Importantly, the couple chose to install it on metal pilings bolted to the ground to minimize their carbon footprint, which is a very smart decision in terms of sustainability. In addition, they are working to convert it into a passive house, which demonstrates their commitment to energy efficiency and reduced emissions.
Aurélie and Nicolas’ house is a house of nearly 140 m² with a wooden structure insulated with cardboard. For the owner, who is also the builder of this house in 80% honeycomb cardboard, on a wooden frame, the material has many advantages. In addition to being completely carbon-free, it also has insulating (thermal and phonic) and structural properties, of course. And since cardboard is not waterproof by nature, in this house it is surrounded by a recycled plastic membrane. In terms of thermal performance, it takes 15 hours for the hot air to pass through the 15 cm thick wall, compared to 2-3 hours with conventional glass or rock wool insulation.
Most of the walls and floors are made of IPAC® cardboard, a registered trademark of the French company “International Paper & Carton Supply”, which manufactures many types of recycled corrugated cardboard products. It can be building materials, trays, boxes, etc. The material used in Aurélie and Nicolas’ house can be recycled up to 7 times without adding material and 24 times with adding material. There is no concrete in this house, they chose to install it on 18 metal piles screwed into the ground, to further minimize its carbon footprint. If they had to move, they would leave the land as they found it when they arrived.
Although building honeycomb houses is a sustainable and economical alternative, it is important to keep in mind that this option is not suitable for all terrains or geographical areas. Therefore, it is important to make a careful assessment of the terrain and weather conditions before deciding to build a honeycomb house.
In summary, the construction of casas de carton alveolar is a sustainable and economical alternative to the traditional construction, pero es important asegurarre de que lleva a cabo de form responsable y se tienen en cuenta otros factors además del material utilizado en la structura de la House.
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