I was recently reminded that anything that you do “outside the norm” is considered “disruptive”.
A pal of mine, Owen Geiger, is THE Earthbag Guru… at least in my book.
He recently said on his blog, located here;
From Wiki: “A disruptive technology or disruptive innovation is an innovation that disrupts an existing market. The term is used in business and technology literature to describe innovations that improve a product or service in ways that the market does not expect, typically by lowering price or designing for a different set of consumers.”
He’s related that his manner of building homes out of earth (and CEBs – compressed earth bricks as well) goes back almost “before recorded time”. As such, you could consider those architectural practices “disruptive technologies”.
Like Earthbags, ISBU building can be held in the same regard, in my book. (Man, I sure have a lot of “books” lately!) 🙂
And very soon, I’ll have Owen’s NEW Book, about building Earthbag walls! Watch for it!
Both architectural practices offer cost effective housing solutions that run against the grain, in the mainstream building world.
And like earthbags, you’re not going to run off to consult a banker or mortgage lender for the cash to build your new abode.
While we’re building superior housing with our own too hands, it appears that there is a huge gap between what really works and what can be embraced by bankers and their boards of directors.
I agreed with Owen that this shortsightedness by “those housing experts” severely limits the number of builds globally.
In fact, I believe that this shortsightedness actually endangers families globally.
Owen submits that Personal Computers, Desktop Publishing, the Internet, Mobile Phones were all once considered “distrutive technologies” as well.
Imagine what will happen when we actually build hybrid homes, using both ISBUs and Earthbags, dancing harmoniously together to cradle families securely and safely, against seemingly all odds and perils… including near-sighted bankers and their ilk.
(Yep, copyrighted and trademarked. Don’t even try it… ) 😉
The RONIN Guild has formed a new “arm” that will use ISBU “Cores” with Earthbag “Wings” attached, to form high-speed, sustainable, cost effective and energy efficient housing for families GLOBALLY.
And families will be able to build these homes by themselves, from paycheck to paycheck, without a big mortgage balanced precariously over their heads, after they move in.
In a recent post, I told you that I was going to start sharing some really innovative new ideas in ISBU building with you.
As I begin to share these gems to you… keep the term “disruptive technologies” in mind, as you review them…
Image Credit: Dr. Owen Geiger – Geiger Research Institute of Sustainable Building