Description of Challenge
Conventional housing is unaffordable, unsustainable, and unhealthy.
Average Americans can no longer afford a home in 74% of the housing markets.
Building construction and operation accounts for 40% of global CO2 emissions.
Is this rise in chronic disease related to the buildings we live in — the potentially toxic chemicals, mold growth, poor ventilation, artificial light, electromagnetic radiation, contaminated water, and disconnection from the Earth?
"We need more than new technologies to protect the planet, we need to create a new paradigm of living in community in harmony with the land."
~ Morgan Bierschenk Geoship Co-Founder and CEO
Geoship designs and produces affordable, regenerative, resilient, and healthy homes. Our vision is a revolution in homebuilding — to reconnect human communities and the natural world. Our social purpose is to create tools for healthy living in community in harmony with nature.
A Homebuilding Revolution
Geoship is introducing the bioceramic geodesic dome to the world. Our technology merges the work of two of history’s greatest inventors — the Geodesic Geometry of Buckminster Fuller and the Ceramic Crystal Chemistry of Rustum Roy.
Fuller predicted it would be 50-100 years before the material science would catch up to his new geometry. Right on cue, in 2004, the general theory and compositions of a Roy’s ceramic crystal chemistry was announced to the world. Geoship combines the geometry and materials that maximize efficiency. Will bioceramic domes replace wood boxes as the ‘bread and butter’ of 21st century home building?
Bioceramic domes bypass all conventional building materials. The framing, insulation, and panels are 100% bioceramic composite materials. We entrain the ceramic with air to make insulation. We combine the ceramic with basalt and hemp fiber to form the panels and framing.
We estimate go-to-market turnkey prices to be $45K to $230K (depending on size). This price estimate includes everything: delivery, permitting, installation, mechanical systems, interior finishings, appliances, and even electrochromic glass for privacy and passive solar heating/cooling. Bioceramic domes are a mass production technology that enables the leap onto a new affordability curve.
Ceramic composites are fireproof to 2,300F. They provide no food for mold or insects. The dome structure distributes stresses and strains perfectly, making it the most earthquake proof and hurricane proof structure known to man. Bioceramic domes are engineered to last for over 500 years. There is nothing to rot, rust, or deteriorate. They can be repaired and resurfaced with the same ceramic material.
The precast ceramic panels could actually sequester more CO2 than was released in their production. The raw minerals can be harvested from seawater desalination plants, sewage treatment plants, and other non-toxic waste stream sources. Old bioceramic panels can be recycled into new bioceramic panels, or pulverized and used as fertilizer.
The chemical composition of Geoship bioceramic is similar to bone and shells. The same material is now revolutionizing the orthopedic industry as a fast-cure bioactive bone cement. Ancient civilizations used similar ceramic materials to build sacred temple complexes like the great pyramids of Giza.
Bioceramic domes mimic the natural light, water, and electromagnetic environment. The design uses earthing floors, natural spectrum light, and vortex water to restore the conditions that humans evolved with on Earth. The high dielectric ceramics and fractal geometry function like a stone circle or a pyramid. Bioceramics reflect >80% of radiant heat and emit high far-infrared light. Professional athletes are now using bioceramic powders in clothing because the far-infrared light catalyzes the body’s natural healing process.
Geoship transforms homebuilding with new materials and regenerative architecture.
We design and mass-produce life-enhancing homes. Our solution uniquely addresses multiple crises; affordable housing, homelessness, climate change, chronic disease, and loneliness.
We produce bioceramic panels rapidly with high quality and low cost. The structures are designed to deliver on ALL of the top 17 sustainable home trends of 2018, while also being fireproof, 100% non-toxic, potentially carbon-negative, assembled on site in a matter of days, optimized for health, and able to last for over 500 years. Geoship addresses ALL the shortfalls of housing with zero-carbon bioceramic composites.
Bioceramic (An Inorganic Polymer) enables never-before-possible applications across the built environment. This new family of materials are highly crystalline, flash cure at room-temperature, and form strong molecular bonds with metal, wood, and concrete. Unlike Portland cement, bioceramic composites could last for 1000’s of years and potentially sequester more CO2 than was emitted in their production. The raw minerals can be reclaimed from seawater desalination plants, wastewater treatment plants, and many other non-toxic waste stream sources (source of all material stats). Bioceramic panels can be recycled into new bioceramic panels or used as an awesome fertilizer.
Today, developers build neighborhoods, and sell homes to whoever can pay the highest price. Geoship turns the tables and puts the customer in charge. We provide tools for customers to network into communities and democratize the design build process. Imagine designing a geodesic village with your friends, then building it together. (And throwing one of the best parties ever!) This is the future of regenerative community architecture.
We’re starting with three different sized domes that all connect to one another. Geoship will evolve beyond domes into a wide variety of beautiful and efficient geometric forms.