Why is there no pricing on your web site?
Our Systems are all site built using local labor and materials. As such material and labor prices will vary considerably from site to site and country to country.
Additionally, pricing will depend considerably on site and project conditions. Things like soil conditions and grading will have significant impact on foundation costs. Also, the size and quantity of structures and the degree to which they are repetitive has significant impact on per square foot (or meter) pricing.
Finally, we do not build and therefore do not provide construction budgets. We license our technologies to contractors and developers by region and work with them to provide project budgets and execution.
For these and other reasons we do not advertise construction costs.
What we can say is that generally speaking, the building envelope may cost approx. ½ of a traditional structure of the same size, may generally be built 3x faster and may have ½ the life cycle footprint.
How do I get Binishells on my property?
Binishells licenses our technologies to contractors and developers by region. We provide architectural designs and engineering calculations (to be endorsed by local architects and engineers) for all projects. We currently have partnerships in Canada (BC) and US (CA). If your project is outside of those areas, we will have to find a local builder who is qualified and interested in being our local licensor. There will be some additional costs involved with the first project, and those will have to be absorbed either by the licensor or the project budget. Typically this will only make ‘larger’ first-time projects cost competitive when compared with traditional construction.
Are Binishells code compliant?
Yes. Binishells are designed to be code compliant internationally. With the exception of Home Owners Associations, our experience is that Binishells projects gain approvals faster or as fast as traditional construction.
What about mechanical, electrical and plumbing?
Binishells can incorporate all the ducting, venting, piping and conduits that any home requires. These may be stubbed out through the slab on grade and then distributed via interior walls or incorporated into the exterior shell either before or after the addition of the concrete. No special skills or details are required to provide the same level of electrical, plumbing or heating/cooling one has in traditional homes.
What are the site requirements for Binishells?
Binishells can be built on any site. We recommend that a concrete batching plant be no more than two hours from the site (but there may be ways around this too).
Do Binishells work with other green materials and methods?
Yes. Binishells can be built with a variety of concrete mixes including but not limited to hempcrete, light weight concrete (AirCrete) etc. and can integrate the same passive and active green design features as traditional construction.
Can Binishells be built to look like traditional buildings?
Intrinsic to Binishells is the idea of providing safer, greener shelters more affordably. As such, we have thought ‘out of the box’ to bring a suite of building systems that result in more resilient and effective structures. We believe that the unique aesthetic resulting from this new approach is an asset, rather than a liability and we try to stay away from corners as they are inherently inefficient.
Binishells have been around a long time. Why have they not caught on?
The original systems were developed in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Of these 1,600 were built in 23 countries. These are case studies that prove the effectiveness of our technologies. Recent years have seen the biggest change within the building industry in modern times. This change is in the legislated and market demands towards resiliency (safety and environmental efficiency). This combined with the affordability gap and the technological enhancements of our new Systems, make Binishells highly market relevant today.
What makes Binishells different from other technologies using Air-Forms?
Air Forms were pioneered in the 40s by Wallace Neff. Dr. Dante Bini made significant developments in the 60s and others followed. The new Binishells Systems are unique in an unparalleled architectural flexibility and simplicity of construction. These features result in their desirability, reduced costs, enhanced construction speeds and lowered costs. Essentially Binishells has improved upon the state of the art in Air Form technology to provide the fastest, greenest and most affordable systems while allowing for an almost endless variety of exciting architectural possibilities.
Can Binishells use standard doors and windows?
Yes. All of our systems can use traditional doors and windows if required. Some of our Systems are specifically designed to use standard doors and windows. The only non-standard piece of equipment required for some projects may be the pneumatic form work (pneumoform).
Can I buy the pneumoform and build myself?
In order to maintain a high level of quality assurance for our brand, customers, product and end-users, we license only to qualified contractors by region. We do not teach end-users or others how to build using our Systems. We feel this process is the only effective way to introduce our technologies into a variety of markets.
What about Binishells failures in the 70s?
Of the 1,600 Binsihells that were built using the original technologies, two failed. The failures were due to incorrect means and methods used as well as unexpected outside influences. The new technologies have integrated the lessons from these failures as well as from testing and field experience developed in 36 countries over more than 60 years.