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Basalt fiber eco-house built just outside the Russian city of Perm

The eco-house frame consists of concrete pillars covered with insulating basalt fiber slabs. This design turned out to be lightweight and cheap to produce.

The main activity of Global Basalt Engineering LLC is creation of effective productions on release of continuous basalt fiber (СBF) with technologies of the last generation and composites on the basis of СBF (Basalt Fiber-Reinforced Polymer Composites as BFRP).

The eco-house has been built in the Preduralie Reserve, at the scientific base of Perm State University. It is completely self-contained because the water for its residents is extracted from an artesian well, the electricity is generated by solar panels and a wind turbine, and home heating system exploits geothermal energy. The architect used building materials mainly produced by local manufacturers.

The developers consider their design has a commercial future, even despite rather high current estimates of the turnkey-based project (about 4.5 million rubles). On the other hand, the cost of such a house is comparable to the price of an apartment in a newly built multi-storey building, but there are no utility fees here. All expenses are limited to the maintenance cost of utility systems.

According to the ecologists, who measure the performance of the eco-house elements, their findings may provide the basis for design solutions to be used in the mass market.

 

Companies: Perm State University

Industries: Ecology, Energy

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