In modern times most of the people are fascinated with 3D printed houses, but if you like wooden homes, then the French startup Catharhome has something for you. The company has come up with Brikawood, Lego-inspired wooden bricks that interlock over each other with spacers, and uses no nails or glue while building the house.
This innovative idea is the brainchild of engineer Alain Romero who researched for three years to develop it with the help of Patricia Dutreux. Made of sustainably-sourced Douglas fir, it works similar to traditional toy Lincoln logs consisting of miniature logs used by children to make smart forts.
This wooden brick is claimed as waterproof and comprises of four wooden elements, assembled by interlocking over each other. High thermal performance and simple production make it an eco-friendly building solution for wooden architecture admirers. A rubber hammer is used to push in the bricks in the slots, while a drill is used to secure the sill plate on the slab and wall cap to close the walls after complete insulation.
Brikawood can withstand earthquakes measuring 8.5 on the Richter scale. Even if you are completely new to the building industry, this innovative Lego type material eases the task of building your own house. With its help, you can build a modular energy-efficient house easily.
Its bioclimatic design with low energy consumption and excellent air tightness create secured envelope in winters as well as in summer. So, it becomes a passive house and saves a lot on energy bills. A Brikawood passive house maintains pleasant temperature without conventional heating in winter and without air conditioning in summer.
While building using these interlocking bricks to build a home, you need to construct it on stilts so as to eliminate any rise of moisture from the ground, while hollow spaces between bricks are filled with filtered wood chips, blown wool or cellulose wool for better insulation. For the base of the house, you can choose from the Techno Pieux or concrete foundations.
Brikawood is available in two types and it can be used to make many type of houses including 120-square-meter for under US$15.4 million, 100-square-meter for under US$11.4 million, 85-square-meter for US$9.6 million and 60-square-meter house for US$7.4 million.
Definitely it is an innovative building material for eco-friendly housing in the 21st century.
|1||Model Jill||120 m²||Approx. US$15.4 million|
|2||Model Jade||100 m²||Approx. US$11.4 million|
|3||Model Jude||85 m²||Approx. US$9.6 million|
|4||Model Josy||60 m²||Approx. US$7.4 million|