Imagine a home constructed using totally natural, nontoxic materials and healthy building methods ...an energy efficient home in which you and your family will feel living according to nature. A home that protects the environment during construction and for a lifetime of energy savings. A home that will provide safety and protection for your family. In few words, a high quality home for a high quality family life.
This home is available today: Is a Terra-Steel home, by Sunway Homes.
Home construction with earth walls has been made in all the five continents for thousands of years, presenting two ancestral flaws: a vulnerability to water and a structural weakness. The Terra-Steel system developed by Sunway Homes resolves the two flaws, allowing the construction of low cost, sustainable, high quality, natural, safe and healthy homes.
One of Sunway Homes' core values is the protection of our environment. The actual construction of houses has a very high embodied energy. (The total energy spent on the manufacturing of the building materials and on the homes construction). Sunway Homes developed a new construction system which reduces a 70% of the embedded energy of exterior walls, contributing to lowering the emission of hazardous carbon monoxide and other destructive contaminants into the atmosphere.
We call it Terra-Steel (Patent Pending) and consists of a synergistic combination of specially designed steel structures with earth walls. The monolithic walls work with the structure providing a gigantic additional strength versus lateral loads, being particularly attractive in areas exposed to tornadoes and hurricanes.
The Terra-Steel system allows the construction of natural, healthy homes free of a variety of environmental health and safety concerns including: mold, lead, allergens and asthma causing factors, termite fighting pesticides, Phenol-formaldehyde resins and radon.
The United States has one of the highest fire death rates in the industrialized world.
The actual American Homes are Fire Traps for Families.
Fire is the number one cause of accidental deaths in American Homes. The Terra-Steel system provides the highest protection to the structure and your family against fire, because earth walls are non combustible and covers completely the columns avoiding collapse and protecting your family against fire better that any other building system.
All the home designs presented in the Sunway Homes Catalog can be built with the Terra-Steel system.
A Sunway Homes' Terra-Steel Building under construction
Finishing the construction of a Terra-Steel Building
The Terra-Steel system constructions are comfortable, safe, and have a lower cost and the highest quality.
The system can be used in the construction of houses, churches, hospitals, hotels, commercial and industrial buildings, auditoriums, Etc.
The Terra-Steel system can be applied in constructions with all architectural styles.
The Terra-Steel walls could be finished with any material and the homes will look the same than other ones in the neighborhood, or could be finished with the earth exposed as shown in Dr. Suzuki's video:
Earth is a green and healthy building material. It provides good thermal mass, which implies good temperature storage and absorption. It also controls humidity avoiding the growing of mold, reducing or eliminating alergies.
The Terra Steel system is not only an economically viable construction technique, it results in pleasant, energy-efficient buildings. Earth walls absorb solar energy during winter days and then radiate that energy to offset night time heat losses. In the summer months, thermal mass of the walls absorbs excess heat generated during the day, keeping the inside spaces cool, then releases that stored heat outside through the night.
Earth walls works like a self energyrecharging battery.
The Terra-Steel system by Sunway Homes will revolutionize the construction of housing offering: 1) low cost construction, 2) respect for our environment, 3) comfort and savings for heating and cooling, 4) durability, 5) security and 6) healthy homes.
We invite you to enjoy the following video about earth construction.
Presented by Dr. David Suzuki, award-winning scientist and environmentalist.
The following video illustrates the Terra-Steel system, during the construction of a 520 Sq. Ft. classroom made within 15 days by 4 workers: