This fairly recent and very exciting development in 21st Century Affordable Housing called Ubuntu Blox, was developed by Harvey Lacey. He invented a manually powered machine which compresses sanitized plastic trash into building blocks which each weighing about two pounds. Pretty much any plastic can be used, even single use shopping bags, styrofoam, and all recyclable and non-recyclable plastics.
A test house was built and run through Earthquake and Hurricane simulation tests AND passed with flying colors (links to testing video below). Ubuntu Blox are Open Source technology, which means that ANYONE can utilize this technology for free. THe one caveat is that if people develop improvements and other ideas, they must share them Open Source with everyone else.
Because the blox are covered with plaster or other sheathing materials, they are not exposed to any degrading UV rays. Thus, there is no out gassing, which might otherwise concern people.
Ubuntu Blox are attached to structural supports, such as rebar or structural bamboo; and create a load bearing dwelling.
Ubuntu Blox have already been used to build a first Ubuntu Blox home in Haiti.
There are plans to build an Ubuntu Blox factory in Haiti soon.
I contacted Harvey two weeks ago to discuss the many possibilities of helping to make his dreams come true. From creating buildings with the Blox and helping to create businesses based on Ubuntu Blox.
Harvey is excited to make this connection and greatly encouraged, ready to build with Ubuntu Blox in the USA, beginning in rural areas and First Nations reservations. Or wherever folks are excited to bring this Open Source technology to help everyone. Outdoor gazebos, outdoor kitchens and gathering spaces in public parks sounds like a great place, too.
Harvey is ready for this to go viral around the world. There is plenty of plastic everywhere to create billions of homes with this simple free technology.
Cathy Caplener is the PR person for helping to spread the message and cause of Ubuntu Blox. Her website is: becausepr.com/
I already envision folks everywhere coming up with slightly varying compression machine designs to compress Ubuntu Blox with a slight curve, so that circular, hexagonal and other shaped dwellings are built with Ubuntu BLox.