In the present era of technology, most people may be fascinated by 3D printed houses and skyscrapers but there are also many who dream of a rustic wooden house in the middle of a forest. If you have a penchant for the latter, French startup Brikawood has got something interesting for you.
Brikawood has come up with LEGO-inspired wooden bricks featuring an innovative interlocking design. The bricks can be stacked up in staggered rows one over the other without screws or nails. A rubber hammer is used to mount bricks in dedicated slots and create large load-bearing walls of a house.
What is Brikawood?
Brikawood is the brainchild of engineer Alain Romero who researched for years to develop the rare construction material with assistance from Patricia Dutreux. In their effort to simplify construction of passive, ecological and modular habitats, they have designed interlocking wooden bricks that can be assembled without any nails or glue.
Made of sustainably sourced wood, these bricks work similar to traditional toy Lincoln logs consisting of miniature logs used by children to make tiny forts.
How Brikawood Interlocking Wooden Bricks Work?
Each Brikawood brick comprises four wooden elements – two lateral flanges and two transverse spacers in dovetail shape – assembled with interlocking elements, thus giving a mechanical rigidity to the structure.
The wooden bricks assemble into breathable walls and further into passive houses. The walls get structural rigidity from self-tightening of bricks. The hollow parts in the wall are filled with wood chips, known to be good thermal insulators.
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How Strong is a Brikawood Brick?
This LEGO-like wooden brick eases the task of building your own wooden house. With its help, you can build a modular, energy-efficient house easily. Brikawood says, bricks are held together by the spacers which give the wall mechanical consistency and dimensional stability. The company claims its wall kit is anti-sysmic.
What is a Brikawood Passive House?
Brikawood bricks can be used to build contemporary wooden houses that sport wood chips insulation, glazed windows, heat recovery ventilation, draught-proof envelope, and other ecological features. They are claimed to consume less energy than most existing buildings. It means lesser energy bills for maintaining a pleasant temperature all year round.
Like with any construction process; when building a house or cabin with Brikawood interlocking wooden bricks, you need to construct the base first. You have the choice to choose between Techno Pieux and concrete foundations.
How Much Does Brikawood Cost
The price for Brikawood – available in France – starts at €1,000 (about $1,050) per square meter for the smallest studio kit. So the 20-square meter studio will cost about $20,000. There are four types of wooden passive house kits. The price range depends upon the model and its size. Check out more details below:
|Sr.No.||House Kit||Size||Price/sqm||Total Price|
|1||Single Story House||Starts at 20 sqm||€1,400 ($1,474)||€28,000 (~$30,000)|
|2||Floor House||85 sqm||€1,800 ($1,900)||€153,000 (~$161,096)|
|3||BBC Studio||Starts at 20 sqm||€1,000 ($1,050)||€20,000 (~$21,058)|
|4||Bespoke Home||Custom||€1,500 ($1,580)||N/A|
For customers inquiring from outside France, the Brikawood team says:
At the moment we supply our kit houses abroad only if the person is able to build it himself. We want to implement in the form of a marketing and manufacturing license, the distribution of our KIT MAISON system, in every country including yours. Make our homes more accessible to larger numbers. With teams of setters, shipping a kit means that the person is able to mount (a professional).
To sell our kits, we need complete training in France within our company, this training is free, only the fee accommodation are your responsibility. Our houses are made with wooden bricks with a thickness of 250 mm price is €950 ($1005.03), without transport and without assembly.
Complete supplies of materials. (walls roofing windows door, electricity, plumbing, parquet) The technical ducts (electrical and plumbing are passed inside our bricks) The studio kits are made with the 160 series a powerful wooden brick, but less wide at a price of €750 per m2 ($799.89) all supplies included (walls roof windows door, electricity, plumbing, parquet).
Our constructive principle meets all the standards in force, RT 2012 and 2020. Feasibility tests were carried out, earthquake resistant, anticyclonic. Recognized house passive (constant temperature between 19 and 21 ° the winter) the summer temperature does not exceed the 24 ° even if outside the temperature approaches the 40 °.
The wood used is a Class 3 (Douglas fir) not need treatment only in some countries or a fungicide will have to be applied. Only a hard linseed oil will be applied (30 years warranty without further application). (source)
Ich möchte mir selbst ein Brikawood Haus bauen. dieses soll als Referenzobjekt dienen um in Deutschland die Häuser zu vertreiben und später eine Produktion in Mecklenburg -Vorpommern aufzubauen.
Welche Voraussetzungen außer einer Schulung sind notwendig um diesen Schritt zu gehen?
Derzeit ist ein Boom beim Bau von Holzhäusern. Die Nachfrage ist um 21% in den letzten 12 Monaten gestiegen.
Eine große Landwirtschafts-und Verbrauchermesse findet im September in Mecklenburg -Vorpommer statt (ca. 70000 Besucher).
Ich bitte um Infos für eine Zusammenarbeit.
Given that this is materials only, that price is extortionate.. and with just a 50 year lifespan, you’d have to rebuild three times more often than a traditional build… which doesn’t make it very ecofriendly what with wood treatments, machining and transport.
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I would like to know more about this product.
Am in Canada. France is too far to go for training, etc.
Do you have a Partner here?
We are located in northern Ontario, Canada.
Can I get your info and pricing for all houses/cabins?
I would like all info on all models and largest size
Please send pricing
$1,190 usd per square meter? is huge expensive !! it should be UNDER $125 usd per square meter to be competitive against real sustentable way of building.
One square meter is nine square feet, so it’s a bit better than you’re thinking. Still more than $125, though–it’s $132 and change.
he said it should be $125 per square metre, not per square foot! and he’s right, its disgustingly expensive. This is supposed to be a sustainable alternative to trad houses, and you are coming up with similar prices ti houses for what is little bigger than a shed. You are not helping anyone !
I already subscribed – [email protected]. I saw on LinkedIn a garage being from leggo like wood bricks. I am interested in acquiring
in a kit to build a garage. Can you please send me the price for such a kit? I also would like to know if I need to get a permit from my city and county of Novato.
i am very interested in building these kits. if you could please send me any information on your products that would be great. thank you