In 2011 my wife and I set out on a journey to build a unique house in the Bay Area California when we found out the steel from the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge was being dismantled and the steel was being sold off to China for recycling. We stared a website and project called “Bay Bridge House” and made an effort to save less then 1% of the steel for a house and self sustainable building project. BBH was very well accepted worldwide by the Architecture community and the story of the project can be found in the posts here. This positive response led us to the idea of the Eco Industrial.House. Our goal is to build a house utilizing only locally sourced industrial recyclables and construction demolition waste built with commercial building techniques.
This is the house that started our quest to build a home constructed with recycled industrial parts. It’s built from 600,000 lbs of road parts and steel form the Big Dig in Boston. The designer was given a lot of the material from the project that was left in a field. The shell was constructed in only a few weekends.
After looking at dozens of new homes, we found that almost all of the developers are building essentially the same box style houses with only the interior amenities varied in quality and color. We definitely do not want to live in just another box. As you can see by the images on this site and the blog, utilizing green building systems and recycled materials does not mean it has to look like the original materials. Luxurious, artistic and epic living spaces can be created for the same cost as traditional sick frame building. By using prefabrication methods and locally sourced materials the build time and costs can add up to a savings of 30-40% less then traditional house building methods. This savings can then placed back into the amenities of the building, having a final price that is approximately the same sq ft. cost of a traditional house building methods. The Net Zero LEED and Passive House certifiable house will meet or exceed California’s Title 24, 2019 Zero Net Energy (ZNE) requirements and will be built to last for centuries utilizing the latest solar power, passive HVAC, atmospheric water generation and in-house food growing solutions making it a truly sustainability home. It will be fire resistant, impervious to termites and if configured correctly, earthquake resistant as well.
Tesla Smooth Glass Tile solar roof and redundant PowerWall 2’s, controlled by a smart electrical panel will provide all of the energy requirements.
Rain water reclamation and atmospheric water generation will provide all of our water needs. Indoor vertical farm system will provide our food needs.
No VOC containing products, fireplaces or gas systems will be installed. Magnesium Oxide infused concrete will capture any residual Co2 making this house Net Zero.
Using recycled materials will limit the building waste. All products can be 100% recycled upon demolition, reducing impact and waste footprint to Zero.
EI.house project is rethinking how we live with our planets resources and to show that these materials can be reused in an artist and luxurious way, while remaining Eco friendly. Our resources are limited and most Industrial and Commercial scrap and surplus, demolition and deconstruction material and left over building materials can all be found locally to build highly efficient, ultra modern and luxurious homes. These homes don’t have to resemble the original material, but can be reconfigured into something beautiful.
There are more than 100,000+ empty shipping containers in the USA alone. These inexpensive structures can be per-fabricated to our needs and used as the main structural element of a building.
From building and infrastructure demolition and deconstruction: i-beams, girders, decking structures and more can be acquired at wholesale for their uniqueness to utilized as the exterior and frame of the building.
Almost all glass today is recycled, less then 5% maks it into landfills. Over runs, left over sheets, odd shaped glass and deconstructed glass can all be found locally and purchased at wholesale for the glass weight.
Half of the Construction and Demolition Waste going into landfills in the US is concrete. Recycled concrete can be found and requested for use in the foundation, flooring, walls and unique furniture.
Please feel free to reach out to us with any related question & comments. We’re always interested in speaking to potential partners in the Bay Area. If you have any leads on large scale commercial construction materials, let us know!