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Thanksgiving for Flood Victims May Come From Robots Rebuilding Homes
Automated System Combines Plastic and Concrete to Form Walls Where Homes Stood in 14 days using robotics and unskilled labor, Hoeowners can even get paid to work on it.
Developed by a construction science “Think Tank” exploring ways to use polymer chemistry to mass produce an alternative to “stick built” methods to meet the unexpected demands of so many Texas homes lost to 2008’s Hurricane “Ike”, the walls made from an insulating core surrounded by steel mesh are assembled in a 53 foot “intermodal platform (travels by road or rail). A system of air-operated holding devices and robotic welders laminate it into the walls for a housing shell, complete with in-the-wall hookups for utilities. It takes only 14 days to complete and inside and out looks like any other residential structure. Interior finishing with wood flooring, carpet paneling, and paint can be done by the homeowner or contracted for.
With the construction work done by robotics, there is an added bonus for homeless flood victims. The “QUIKIEHOME”
A FEMA consultant evaluated the construction technique and produced an extensive report applauding the concept for use in disaster recovery.
Details of the system and a request to support efforts to construct a demonstration home were sent to elected officials, state and federal disaster agencies, and mayors Tuesday asking for their support. Flyers about the project were posted in costal sections hard hit by Superstorm Sandy today.
According to a report by a Belgium firm *Europe, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe, Balkans) continue as a major user of lightweight “sandwich panels” over the past decade. India has had substantial increases in use since 2006. The U.S. development of the “QH” system allows the robotics to produce a core that provides extreme thermal insulation coupled to an automatically welded series of steel supports and steel mesh. This provides a rapid and economic construction speed.
The Garza family living in the Texas prototype confirmed that the core method results in vastly lower HAVAC costs. “We moved from a 750 foot home where we were paying over $130 monthly to this one and now pay about $70 for a home twice the size”.
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