The suppliers of construction services and materials are in general the major players. The use of building blocks is already comparable to conventional building approaches. The refuse of waste fibre creates new products and services compatible to existing markets. Typically, construction markets are local, using locally available resources. Global service markets exist and local companies can do business globally. The distinction for the supply side becomes clearer as renewal of waste becomes a commodity in new built environments and the competitive advantage will allow conventional legacy materials like dimensional wood products to find significantly more value in a much bigger and revitalized market.
Nature of the Industry
In general there are three sectors of construction; buildings, infrastructure and industrial. Building construction is usually further divided into residential and non-residential,(commercial, institutional) Infrastructure includes large public works (dams, bridges, highways, water/waste water, utility distribution) Industrial includes; mills and manufacturing plants. The services infrastructure (i.e. Hydro, Sanitary, Roads) is secondary to the built capacity of the occupied structures. The structures we occupy are the building blocks of the services infrastructure in that they create the physical systems platform for infrastructure design capacity and technological advancements.
Housing and building is highly sensitive to changes in mortgage and interest rates. Although the indicators are highly volatile, they represent and signal the effects in the current economic financial conditions.
Analysts and economists know to watch for longer-term trends in housing statistics.
Trends in the Industry
More than ever, the traditional "bricks-and-mortar" drivers of economic growth are giving way to an economy based on "brains and creativity." Competitive differentiation today is more likely to be based on the ability of the workforce to create and absorb skills and innovation than just the traditional drivers such as available natural resources, physical labor or manufacturing prowess. As a result, the skills, aptitude, knowledge, creativity and innovation of a workforce can collectively be viewed as the talent pool and drivers of economic growth and activity
The opportunity; Modern cities are in constant renewal and they continually consume vast quantities of raw materials and create vast quantities of high quality waste materials. The reuse of waste materials represents an additional vast raw resource that can transform new built environments and the new products can enable new service platforms.
Automated 3-D printers and existing industries can be modified to rapidly process waste. This potential would be entirely based on existing techniques commonly used in industrial waste compaction devices. To accomplish this job, nothing drastically new needs to be invented, most available technologies are intended to be available “off-the-shelf”. compaction devices could craft simple shapes into smart ‘puzzle blocks’ for quick assembly. The blocks of waste material could then be pre-determined modulars using computational geometries, to fit domes, archways, lattices, windows, or whatever patterns would be needed. Different materials could serve specified purposes.
Future cities and its bio-sphere commons, will make no distinction between waste and supply.
The built environment, the web of industry, technology, transportation and infrastructure services sector, raw materials, resources and refuse industries are a part of a broad regulatory maze of government regulation and policy.
Ironically, it is the regulatory climate that has created the most significant potential for innovation and cost savings in the re-built environment, which in return, the rebuilt environment has the greatest potential to change government regulations and policy.
Global climate change is becoming a welcomed concept, as many governments, municipalities and the public consumer are embracing innovation. Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Canadian Construction Materials Centre (CCMC) and the National Research Council (NRC), are recognized pioneers with expertise in Canadian building codes that have been exported and adopted globally.
Resource flows (i.e energy, food, water, material) including waste, makes up a resource market segment. Recognizing this facilitates new conceptual approaches to production and manufacturing.
The built environment covers everything around us that is designed, planned, and built. A constantly renewing built environment that generates resources and waste flows that are needed to constantly renew, re-built environments.
“Conscious” homeowners, green builders and sustainable developers create the need and desire for more sustainable methods of living and building. The housing and construction industry has shifted towards more sustainable approaches and improved technology and innovation throughout the built environment.
Products & Services
Our products are bio-blocks (building blocks), biocrete (fibre concrete) and pre-fabricated structural components, arrayed in a modular system that saves costs, (time, shipping and materials).
Our services offer a comprehensive design & consulting resource that surveys and engages the homeowners, cost/ performance, architectural/engineering and comfort expectations
Bio-Block/Bio-Crete products are designed for ease of assembly and production of commercial/residential/industrial structures in a specifically manufactured modular system. From the “do-it-yourself” (self-build) homeowner to contractors and developers.
The economics of recyclables will represent a significant revenue stream service ranging from $25-$250 per ton received.
Pricing and Distribution
Our products and services are competitively priced compared to conventional building products and systems.
Our products are available through recognized industry distribution channels, available to contractors and individuals locally, or shipped from our warehouse.
Green Building . Passive Haus . LEED Platinum . The Living Building Challenge
Global climate change is becoming a welcome concept for builders, as many are embracing energy innovations and consumer tastes. The regulatory markets are having a major impact on construction professionals, infrastructure industries, raw resources and market trends. The built environment can have a major impact simply by re-evolving towards energy and resource efficiency in the use of healthy sustainable materials and repurposed refuse of waste. By building cities of the future, builders are experimenting with materials, methods, services and technologies which can drastically reduce building time, cost and improve performance and availability.
The projected urban and industrial growth in La Peche, Quebec, and the MRC-Des-Collines in general, represents a positive local socio economic demographic that reflects the rapid growth indicated in our urban developmental strategy surrounding the completion of highway Autoroute 5.
A local developer, Ferme Minnes Inc. is currently looking for sustainable development solutions to create an intentional community “Eco-village”.
Wakefield and the surrounding municipalities are growing. Currently a satellite community to metropolitan Gatineau/Ottawa, tourism and cottages have traditionally been a local economic engine providing many service industry jobs, an abundance of restaurants and entertainment venues are already well established. The autoroute is a gateway to opening an unprecedented access to the North. Milder winters and migration from the South to these sparsely populated northern areas is expected to accelerate over the next decades with changing climates
The local problems we face are largely the same as those others face elsewhere and the remedial solutions innovated here can be shared and exported world wide.
Sustainable “Concrete Jungles”: Smart-Built Global Environments Bio-diversity . Eco-villages . Eco-cities . Eco-Industries
Implications or Risk Factors
The construction industry, (the built environment), is the biggest and the most competitive of all industries, it employs the most people and it drives the use of all resources. Competitive risk and co-operation positively permeates the industry in general and affects construction and resource use in particular.
Our company is offering radically new solutions. Homeowners, contractors and developers are looking for sustainable solutions, and economists and governments are looking for economic engines of sustainability.
In terms of risk and opportunity collectively, the global built environment is the largest waste point source in carbon emissions, (solid, atmospheric, liquid, energy, bio-diversity) and the global built environment consumes all available raw resources (industry, forestry, fisheries, mining, manufacturing, energy, agriculture, food, water, and bio-diversity).
Creating new waste recovery products, net resource services and infrastructure expertise in a cost competitive value advantage strategy applied to the already evolving trend towards sustainability, resources and energy efficiency in global built environments, (food, energy, clean air/water, materials, bio-diversity).
There is opportunity for growth in La Peche and neighbouring municipalities with focus on sustainable development practices and reduction of waste, carbon emissions and energy consumption.
Competitors and type of Competition
Builders/contractors (the global built environment) respond favourably to a public desire to use material products, technologies and resources of choice.
Competitive forces influence the ultimate profit potential:
The power of new entrants and the bargaining power of buyers, the threat of substitute products or services and the bargaining power of suppliers, and the rivalry among existing firms. Traditional methods of contracting with selective tenders, limits production differentiation. Resource suppliers, waste handlers and industry scale Builders/contractors are the main co-competitors.
Competition is embedded in the culture of construction contracting, continually in the quest of some means of achieving a competitive advantage so as to maximize the prospects for the award of contracts.
This competitiveness is largely due to cost, traditionally being the prime factor in the tender, selection process.
Industry professionals and academic researchers indicate that the formation of strategic alliances between firms is becoming an increasingly common way to maintain a competitive cost leadership especially advantageous in resources and manufacturing and industries. The growth of alliances is a key in developing sustainable approaches to achieve major goals and objectives.
Competitors' Strengths and Weaknesses
The main strength of our competitors is conventional housing design methods and execution, (timber-frame, block walls etc.) and these conventional designs and methods use conventional materials.
Traditionally, the construction industry weakness is its very conservative nature where innovation is marginalized due to time and cost constraints. However, innovations that survive and compete in this cost-competitive environment are quickly adopted universally. Lath and Plaster vs.Drywall board (Gypsum) case study in the research shows how new products can be resisted initially as a quality constraint, but ultimately are quickly adopted.
EASE OF USE – SKILLED OPERATOR TRAINED IN 2-3 DAYS LOWER LABOUR COSTS
Our key advantages are the material core (modular building block) and the building system (modular structure). A low-cost, easy to assemble insulating core and structural system of exceptional thermal and structural performance, (foundation, floors, walls, roof).
Sourcing cyclic waste and other locally available low-cost materials to produce a superior insulating core building block that assembles into a modular system (structure), completes the building envelope and energy cycle.
The economics or waste sourced products works to an additional advantage in that the source materials can have a negative source cost, and this creates a viable revenue stream.
Governments charge a minimum of $25 dollars a ton “tipping fee syn- tax” against companies which landfill, recycle or incinerate waste material. The total business cost for materials landfilled, recycled or incinerated is upwards of $250.00 per ton tipping fee, charged to the public.
The current trend towards energy efficiency in new buildings means that we must use vastly greater quantities of insulating materials to improve energy efficiency to reduce heating and carbon emissions at the source.
Additionally the high resale value of waste fibre diverted from landfill recycling or incineration, that gets converted to an insulating and structural building product can reach a bulk product market selling value of $1000.00 a ton.
The process of conversion of waste is also expected to produce valuable clean fuels and fertilizers, building aggregates, glass, and a valuable stream of steel and plastic, both of which can be utilized in reinforcements for the modular block arrayed structures.
Finally the low cost economics of the modular building system make it possible to develop sub systems and services which are energy and resource efficient, and eliminates emissions at point sources caused from inefficiencies in built environments. CO2 is sequestered into buildings and energy use is drastically reduced by saving on combustion and heating loads, waste water is re-utilized as a source of fuels and fertilizers, making local agriculture viable, and toxic blooms in waterways and oceans are eliminated allowing fish and habitat to rebound.
Economically viable refuse recovery will naturally eliminate the stream of plastic waste reaching the oceans.