Hello everyone! Today I want to share with you the benefits of land construction and why it is gaining strength in the design proposals and in the dreams of many people.
Bioconstruction has been something that came into my life naturally, by a search to live more connected with nature. Through Nace Una Semilla and my work to disseminate actions that achieve this connection I have realized that this search is in many hearts.
16 years ago I started the search as a student of Environmental Engineering, and 9 years ago I live in a house built with wood and mud and we have had the experience of self-construction and knowledge of this art of building on land.
I wonder why these techniques have lost their value and importance within society, since they help to have better health, reduce the consumption of fuels for heating or ventilating , provide comfort benefits, generate pleasant, comfortable and welcoming environments, among other benefits.
The concept of earth as a building material today:
There is today a rejection of the earth, but inevitably it is the earth that sustains us and gives life to everything we need to live.
The life of insects and microorganisms is inevitable, without them we could not exist and we owe them life. They are the ones who give life to food and generate chemical processes also in the atmosphere … It is a world little studied and that little we know, and for that reason we are afraid of them…. ignorance of the human being causes fear.
However, the earth, insects and microorganisms do exist and we must give thanks.
Why do I start like this? It is that many think that a construction on earth is a symbol of poverty or dirt and I give thanks because it is already a concept that is changing, today many hotels and top residential, are building in wood and earth, which gives them that rustic , cozy and romantic touch.
The construction on land has thousands of years and there are still 3000 years old constructions that were built on land; therefore it is a tremendously durable and natural material.
Today’s society and the current system has taken us away from the simple materials and the fine and beautiful techniques that we can create with them. They are materials that we have always used, but the big industry has made us forget.
However, today there is an increase in seeking the natural, in response to a search for being and connection with nature. Therefore, construction on land provides a solution for those who have their land and want to innovate and realize their dreams, building a cozy space and with great benefits such as those I expose here.
Five solutions offered by Bioconstruction
1. Bioconstruction is a union of many concepts of ecological construction, which come together to offer solutions and comfort to our homes or any built environment.
2. The ground construction allows us to enjoy cozy spaces with a rustic style, which comes well with everything.
Everything looks beautiful in natural environments, we do not need to embellish them with luxurious ornaments, because the construction itself can be a work of art. On land we can make impeccable fine finishes, with designs, reliefs or colors that we want to give to the desired environment, without having to use chemicals to achieve it.
This is how a participant of a bioconstruction course that we teach said: “I come to learn from bioconstruction because in a house of earth everything looks nicer; a vase, a book, a fruit bowl, whatever looks in a house built of earth and wood. This house is cozy and everything in it looks beautiful.”
3. Earth is a material that is easy to obtain, healthy and free in most cases.
The land is under our feet and gives us the solution for both our food and our housing, it is malleable and we can get it on our own land or get it in trucks.
4. We can all build with land, this is one of the options that I like the most. It’s something I could easily learn, with my own hands. I can shape my own walls, I can give them texture, different width and color.
Usually for women hammers and screws cost us, but on earth one discovers a new art hidden within our soul. It is something that both big and boys and men and women like and can achieve to do with expertise if they practice and achieve experience.
5. The ground construction keeps the environments with the right humidity and temperature, isolates electromagnetic waves and is an environmentally friendly material. And in the case of Chile, which is a seismic country, you can easily build earthquake-proof houses out of earth, if you design them properly.