What is BIOBUILDS?
BIOBUILDS is an end to end design and technology company that focuses on changing how we build our homes. How? By using environmentally friendly and energy efficient materials, moving faster than the building industry as we knew it (using the power of prefabrication) and making it affordable for clients in the same time. The key words for BIOBUILDS’ team are PREFAB, PASSIVE, ECO-HEALTHY
What does Prefab, Passive, Eco-healthy mean?
More than 80% of the work that building a house implies is done in our construction plant, where we build all the walls and slabs at a semi-finished level. Having this highly controlled environment at our disposition by using an automated production line means a few awesome things that you can benefit from:
Automation implies less human errors. Why would you care about that? Because we can really make sure that everything sticks to the timeline and promised quality standards of your project! This can even tackle the skills shortage that the building industry faces nowadays.
Everything that gets out of the plant is ready to be assembled in it’s exact place. After that, we’ll only need to add an extra layer of paint (the finished, decorative one) or other finishing material and you’ll be ready to move into your new house.
The whole building process takes less time. Imagine you’ll see everything in place in one to 3 months, compared to one or even two years that we are normally used to
The whole building process is less expensive
You can think of your house as a LEGO game. You have some fixed elements, but those elements give you infinite possibilities on how your project will look like. We believe in the uniqueness of each family, and our architecture and design team will meet your needs.
A Passive house does not need the conventional heating or air-conditioning system for the provision of thermal comfort.
Imagine living in a comfortable, modern home with no cold drafts, no temperature variations from room to room, and, best of all, virtually no heating or cooling bills. Does it sound to good to be true? We build with passive house standards, so we guarantee that it is as good as it sounds.
The most important rule imposed by the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany limits the energy consumption at 15 kWh/sqm per year. By comparison, a class A energy building in Europe consumes up to 125 kWh/sqm per year.
These houses are a combination of sustainable design and way of living, being developed and built as part of the larger ecosystem of the planet. Therefore an eco house is built in harmony with the natural environment.The United States EPA ranks indoor air quality as a top five environmental risk to public health. EPA studies found indoor air pollutants were generally 2 to 5 times bigger than outdoor pollution levels. In some cases, indoor air pollution was 100x greater. The ventilation systems installed in BIOBUILDS houses provide a constant supply of fresh air, ensuring that pollutants and odors are removed from the rooms whilst maintaining a comfortable indoor temperature.
What is the price of a BIOBUILDS house?
This depends on your family requirements and the type of collaboration you choose with BIOBUILDS. For a price offer, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
How long will it take until I can move into my new home?
That depends on what option you choose for our collaboration. If you wish to go all the way with our team, you will be able to move into your new home in less than 3 months.
Can I customize my BIOBUILDS project?
We do provide a portfolio of projects that could inspire you, but we understand that every family is unique and so should their home be. Our team of architects will answer all of your design needs.
What Green Certifications would my house comply for?
We are currently working on certifying our panels with GBC, Passive House and Cradle to Cradle.
However, the first and most important certification that we recommend for the building as a whole is the Passive House Certification emitted by the Passive House Institute in Germany or in the United States.
Depending on the country your house will be, you can also choose other certification schemes such as LEED, BREEAM or WELL. Each certification scheme is different and none requires everything the others would sum up. But no worries, our team will help you choose the scheme that fits you most from the very beginning, so that we could integrate the right principles early in the design stage.
Why should I apply for a Green Certificate?
The main driver can be anything from prestige and branding to a sheer desire to protect the environment and people’s health by spreading the world about this niche. Green building certifications gain recognition and multiply in availability, becoming a tool that demonstrates that the building industry is ready to face a change towards a more responsible, mature, healthy phase. You can be part of that and let
Who will be involved in making my project happen? / How does the execution team work?
Our team combines expertise in architecture and design, material sourcing, manufacturing, logistics, technology, engineering and construction.
You can either opt for an integrated project developed by our team (from the phase of architectural planning to the construction and finishes phases) or you can choose the manufacturing only option if you just wish to acquire BIOBUILDS panels and get the building erected with your own execution team.
How about my future bills?
The most important rule imposed by the Passive House Institute (PHI) in Darmstadt, Germany limits the energy consumption at 15 kWh/sq m per year. By comparison, a class A energy building in Europe consumes up to 125 kW / sq m per year.
That means more than 8 times less of the total costs per year for the rest of your life!
Can I open my windows?
Of course! The idea that you can’t open the windows in a Passive House comes from a misconception regarding the clever way that Passive Houses control the heating and cooling. Passive Houses are “airtight”, which means they have no uncontrolled draughts in the windows, through the walls or under the floorboards. They retain heat in the winter months and keep the indoors cool in the summer.
The right question is why should you open the windows.
Why do we say this? Because with a Passive House the Heat Recovery and Ventilation System provides warm, clean and fresh air to your home all year round. Environmental Protection Agency proved that the indoor air quality in a passive house is even better than the fresh air from the outdoors.
How does the heating and cooling system work?
MVHR systems extract the warm, moist air created by family activities like cooking and cleaning from bathrooms and kitchens.
They take this warm, moist air to the heat exchanger (in the loft, basement or utility room), where it passes over tiny pipes that allow the heat to transfer to fresh, filtered cold air brought in from outside.
The fresh, filtered air is now warmed, and the extract air is allowed to leave the home
This fresh, warm, filtered air is supplied to the living areas like bedrooms and lounges
What are thermal bridges?
A thermal bridge, also called a cold bridge, heat bridge, or thermal bypass, is an area or component of an object which has higher thermal conductivity than the surrounding materials, creating a path of least resistance for heat transfer.
What is different with BIOBUILDS?We’re not just making designs or building panels and be optimistic that everything will go as planned. We plan everything at the highest level of detail and we develop the building elements ourselves, inside our factory and then assemble the house on site with our team or your own, in collaboration with a BIOBUILDS construction specialist.
We are fabricating building panels, which makes a great flexibility of design possible.
We use technology to optimise the production and reduce the costs, so that this niche of passive standards in the building industry can become the new normal.
What type of materials does BIOBUILDS use?
One of BIOBUILDS’ drive is to use predominantly eco-healthy materials. We look at the entire lifecycle and containing chemicals of the materials we put into our building panels, carefully selecting them. As manufacturers ourselves, we are highly motivated to take part to the process of building products becoming healthier both for the humankind and the environment, by making them more financially accessible and by educating a growing sector of the building industry about the benefits of a sustainable building process.
What choices of finishes do I have?
This depends on the option you choose for our collaboration.
One of the key elements we strive for is to be able to deliver your ready-made home in the shortest amount of time. That means we have to have everything under control and cannot afford delays of any kind, such as one specific finishing material not being available at the time we need it. Therefore, you will have three options for each of the interior finishes category: walls and ceilings, dry floor, wet floor. As for the exterior cladding, you can opt for a decorative paint, composite wood panels or stone.
Where does BIOBUILDS operate?
At the moment we are located in Romania. We have two material supply plants and working offices both in Moreni, Dambovita and Cluj-Napoca, Cluj.
Do you need more information?
You can find us at the following addresses:
General Inquiries for general inquiries or comments, please contact email@example.com
Business Inquiries for sales, materials, project questions and comments please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Inquiries for press and other media inquiries, please contact email@example.com
Career Opportunities if you wish to make a career with BIOBUILDS or become our partner, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or find out more information at our career page