Our housing, offices, and commercial spaces are all supposed to keep us safe. Yet, the way we build these structures is problematic. We incorporate materials with short life spans that can be toxic or prone to decay or being attacked by bugs or fungi, We build, ignoring a variety of natural materials that can be used to build sustainably. These materials are plentiful and are not toxic to us. They insulate us from hot and cold weather affordably. They do not burn down in fires and do not mold. These natural materials are the better and less expensive alternatives to the materials we use today. Yet, we ignore them, largely out of ignorance. Outdated building codes and limited engineering teaching compound the problem.
A floating home. Made from hemp and basalt and bio-resins!
Basalt and Volcanic Ash
Volcanos provide us with the essential building blocks of Basalt and Ash. Basalt is an igneous rock that forms from the relatively rapid solidification of lava. It is one of the most common types of rock. It has the basic elements for life including carbon, phosphorous, and nitrogen, only requiring water to complete the formula. Basalt is high in silicates, iron, and magnesium. Lava ash comprises minerals and trace elements that are extremely beneficial for the planet. The fertility of some of the world’s richest and most productive farmland is due to the minerals produced by nearby volcanoes.
Uses & Properties
Basalt and volcanic ash have a wide variety of uses including healing the physical body, remediation of toxic waste, nontoxic “enlivened cements”, healing building materials, radiation shielding, and more. The crystalline structures within basalt can be used for communicators and capacitors. The light that emits from these structures is an avenue for many ‘out of the box’ developments – and the microbes within have a world all their own.
Volcanic ash has anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-yeast, and overall disinfectant qualities. This type of ash is high in Sulphur, an active ingredient that not only helps the body to resist bacteria but actually destroys it. The ash disinfects the blood, stimulates bile secretion, aids the oxidation reaction in the body, and protects the protoplasm of cells for the synthesis of collagen. Volcanic ash provides a multitude of health and beauty benefits.
The pre-Aztec “Pyramid of the Sun” outside of New Mexico is built from volcanic rock and is highly paramagnetic. We have come a long way with our understanding of how to leverage this wonderful material. Today, basalt fibers spun from basalt rock are used as a fireproof textile in the aerospace and automotive industry and as composites for building such items as tripods. Yes – Basalt is in use in Space!
Reimagined Building Materials
Let’s start by reapplying what our ancestors figured out. Let’s re-start building with advanced materials like Basalt volcanic rock fibers which are an integral component to a sensible, secure building system. These fibers can be made into products like rebars, meshes, fabrics, and wall panels, both interior, and exterior. Basalt rock fibers are a key and core ingredient to most of our building material needs. Basalt materials do NOT burn, instead, they insulate. They do NOT mold and are super-strong. Basalt is stronger than steel and yet over 70% lighter and it NEVER corrodes. Basalt does not react to seawater. It does not decay the way traditional cement and steel rebar structures do. For those living in fire, flood, or coastal zones, these Basalt construction materials are amazing. We carry all these materials here and on our parent https://www.bluegoldlabs.com website and are experts in their application!
Basalt performs very well with other building materials. You can use it as a direct and improved replacement for steel, fiberglass, kevlar, and other materials. Mixing natural fibers like hemp with basalt allows a building’s walls to breathe and control moisture naturally. Combing these with Lime-based plasters and stucco you create buildings that breathe and insulate and do not burn or mold. Waste wood fibers can be mixed also into new types of cement that do not create CO2 as regular cement does. This is truly a green building material. Incredibly strong, these types of cement fortified with basalt reinforcements can provide waterproof floating homes as seen in the article above.
Basalt does not harbor Electro Magnetic Radiations (EMR). EMRs are waves propagating through space carrying radiant energy. Other types of EMR include radio waves, microwaves, infrared, ultraviolet, X-rays, and gamma rays. Circuit boards, which are subject to EMR – which exist in every electronic device could be fabricated with Basalt. It is a superior insulator and is lighter, stronger, and infinitely recyclable.
Now is the time for the paradigm shift in how we build and with what we build.
We know eating healthily is beneficial to our well-being. We should be aiming to live in healthy buildings too. A paradigm shift is needed. We need to take steps to actively design and build with natural materials that reduce our exposure to toxins and diseases. These same materials can save us from mold, fires, flood damages, hurricanes, and even tornadoes. These smarter building systems will allow us to live more safely and healthily. Taking these steps is not hard to do. If you want to discuss this article, or discuss fixing, repairing, or building with our incredible products, please contact us.