Fernando Llanos Gónima, Conceptos Plásticos
Bloqueplas is an interlocking wall system of stackable tongue and groove units made of recycled plastic and rubber.
Colombia and Latin America
The price is calculated by weight in kg. The price for a block home starts at approximately $3,900 USD (12 million Colombian Peso). A 40 sq m home would cost approximately $4,875 USD (15 million Colombian Peso).
Goal 1 and 11: Aims to reduce the global housing deficit and produce affordable, high quality shelters that can be built quickly and contribute to the reduction of waste . The shelters can serve as permanent homes or be used as an emergency solution.
Residents of informal settlements, households, implementing organizations.
The product is patent protected.
Users can obtain product from Conceptos Plásticos.
Conceptos Plasticos outlines that the blocks have been used to construct more than 1,500 square meters of livable space.
An average of the maximum compressive strength a typical structure could withstand with this building material. Units: σ (N/mm2)
An average of the maximum loads/forces perpendicular to the compressive forces that a typical structure could withstand with this building material. Units: σ (N/mm2)
A seismic design category expresses an area’s likelihood of experiencing damaging effects of an earthquake (A(low), B, C, D0, D1, D2, E(high)). This parameter denotes the highest acceptable SDC for the material.
Climatic zones appropriate for construction based on a material’s availability/feasibility in each climatic zone.
R value associated with material/product
The Bloqueplás construction system consists of structural and non-structural elements including blocks, columns, lintels, and beams. The components are made from all types of recycled plastics that are mainly comprised of polyethylene and polypropylene. The plastics are sorted and melted and then the mixture is extruded through a form. The block is compact and fused in one piece and forms the building system by joining with other elements such as beams and columns. The elements are designed to be friction fit so they can be easily assembled and do not require any mortar like is required for standard brick modules.
The block has 4 internal holes for pipes or electric wiring.
Unknown. The manufacturer does not claim to offer technical support and so users would likely have to consult a general building contractor.
It is unlikely that repairs are needed (see Lifecycle section), however bags can be purchased in small lengths should sections of a structure need to be rebuilt.
The manufacturer claims that plastics take over 500 years to biodegrade and therefore the homes could last for many generations.
Manufacturer specified performance targets include high insulating value, durability (protecting from noise, water, wind, insects, and pathogens), earthquake resistance, and quick construction.
The manufacturer claims that the material contains additives that make it resistant to fire, though no reports are yet published.
The manufacturer is working with the Foundation for Scientific Research and Technological Development (FICIDET) to test the product.
The Bloqueplas construction system does not require large equipment or machinery. Workers may be exposed to regular dangers of a construction site that include working at heights and with sharp tools.
Evaluation methods include speed, economy and quality.
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