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Solar, Hail and the Insurance Issue

Although manufacturers of solar panels will tout the durability of their product, the fact is that hail can damage the toughest roofs, and will no doubt damage the toughest solar panels. Building structures that won’t require any insurance will be a challenge, and even if OsumPODS become virtually insurance proof, people will no doubt be compelled to buy insurance because the insurance companies will make it sound like the rational thing to do. If OsumPODS are nearly indestructible, then insuring […]

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Living in Colorado has afforded some great outdoor activities. Years ago when most trails were open to trail bikes, I did quite a bit of exploring, especially in the Sangre  de Cristo mountains. Even in the mid seventies, it was alarming to me to see trash in pristine places where packing in was a chore. Most common items were beer cans and liquor bottles, and empty packs of cigarettes. It has always given me a distaste for people with nasty […]

Earthquake Proof OsumPODS

Designing a structure strong enough to survive the ravages of an earthquake is near impossible unless they are insulated from the energy. Thus slip plane foundations. OsumPODS are designed to float on a plane that allows movement. Conventional building are all anchored to the ground except on some very sophisticated buildings that have been built in areas highly prone to earthquakes where the added expense is justified. In the slip plane design of OsumPODS, the pit and pedestal configuration should […]

Building Communities to Conserve Energy

OsumPODS building sites will be inherently different than sites for conventional homes or other structures. Because of modular design and the interlocking configurations, space will be utilized in a more efficient manner. Typical units vary from 4,000 to 6,000 square feet, but could vary from 1,000 to as many square feet as may be required for any given purpose. Modules could also be built in many sizes, but then different size modules would not interlock, thus defeating the purpose. In […]

Hexagon form in Architecture

OsumPODS in my current design are hexagonal, and thus have a visual characteristic not common in architecture. Add in landscaping with right angles, and the effect is even more noticeable.  In this golden hour depiction, note that what you might expect to be shadowed in the structure is not. This is because of the 120 degree angle instead of 90. I am not an architect by trade, but have always had an interest and a love of design. So much […]

OsumPODS: The acronym deciphered Part 1

(Optimal sustainable unishell modular Perpetually Operable Detached Superstructure(s))   OsumPODS vs. the status quo: When you look at conventional construction and code, it is clear the development of standards has been a process of evolution where amenities have been added to structures over time for convenience and typically buried into the framework. The construction industry as a whole, from architects and engineers down to laborers stuffing insulation into cracks, have no great incentive to build something better. It is not […]

OsumPODS, the acronym for sustainable living

OsumPODS (Optimal sustainable unishell modular Perpetually Operable Detached Superstructure) Acronyms are commonplace in our fast paced world, yet often ambiguous to many. If you are in the military you are expected to know AWOL, and the consequences of being absent without leave. If you text to your sweetheart you’re sure to use LYL for love you lots. Some acronyms become so used that we forget what they stand for like RADAR for radio detection and ranging. Of course there are […]

The Smart Approach to the Future

Although the demands of day to day living make it hard to plan for the future, almost everyone that cares about the future gets talked into some type of investment, IRAs and 401(k)s the most common. None of these plans can protect you from runaway inflation. Few investments will help you survive when the United States goes bankrupt. Yes, gold and other precious metals, or even diamonds and gems may have some value, but they will be hard to eat […]

Devastating Storm Sandy

The debate continues about the severity of Sandy being caused by manmade global warming, and of course this is a political issue that divides this country. The truth probably lies somewhere in the middle of the positions taken by the Democrats and the Republicans. Global warming can’t be all bad. The real problems are the actual poisons we are putting into our environment, and if global warming is in the news, the general public isn’t going to concern themselves with […]

High Park fire, Colorado fireproof structures

Although homes have survived the High Park fire, it is more a matter of luck or good ground maintenance that has saved the structures, not their imperviousness to fire. Fireproof structures are rare, and probably have limitations that prevent them from being ideal homes. The concept home pictured in the fire is a unishell modular superstructure or OsumPODS. The futuristic concept employs robotics to spray cast unishell modules from high strength concrete. The structures are not only fireproof, but are […]

Earthquake proof structures: Japan’s 8.9 quake

With the 2011 devastation in Japan, earthquakes are once again in the news. Although more powerful, death tolls seem to be strikingly lower than in the January 12th 2010 Haiti quake where estimates of 200,000 deaths have yet to be substantiated. Had such a quake occurred in San Francisco, Los Angeles, or San Diego, no doubt the death tolls could have been in the millions. Statistics show that most people are killed in collapsing structures. In earthquake prone areas, structures […]

The OsumPODS Concept (part 2)

Building umPODS: Unishell construction utilizing high strength durable concrete will undoubtedly create new challenges to the building industry. Whether such structures are formed using conventional forming systems or more likely robotics will have little to do with the end product, but may be a determining factor in the affordability of the end product. One of the basic advantages of producing unishells in modular configurations is to eliminate the inefficiencies inherent in stick built construction. In such a design, there will […]

The OsumPODS Concept (part 1)

Design Concept: Imagine a structure that is nearly indestructible and impenetrable. Imagine a structure that rests on a slip plane foundation that allows the house to remain motionless and undamaged in an earthquake, or float in a restrained position in case of a flood or a surge from a tsunami. Unishell superstructures will be designed to resist the power of a tornado, or the intense heat of a firestorm, thus will be designed to be insurance proof. Imagine a structure […]

Building OsumPODS Part 1 (Architecture)

How do centuries of building influence the architecture of OsumPODS? What lessons will we take to heart to produce something better? Our past seemingly holds a tremendous influence on everything we do. Too often it seems we place a higher value on where we’ve been than where we are going, whether or not it makes sense or is applicable to our well being. Could it be that we see something more desirable looking back? Could it be that we equate […]

Building a Better Tomorrow: Introduction to OsumPODS (part 2)

World Commerce: Demographic trends continue to move toward global interdependence for human survival. In an increasingly volatile world, it is not a desirable trend to be in. Frequent meltdowns in the stock market are a sure indicator that we’re on the wrong track. US manufacturers would currently be hard pressed to supply such basics as shoes and clothing for this nation. Because US businesses fail to compete in a global market in many areas, our trade deficit continues to grow, […]

Building a Better Tomorrow: Introduction to OsumPODS (part 1)

The Problem: We are witness to technological innovations of astonishing diversity. The digital revolution, computers, communications, biotechnology, robotics, and many other scientific endeavors have leapfrogged humanity into a new era. With so much emphasis on advancing technologies, why are we so married to fossil fuels and stick built housing? Where have our advancing technologies really taken us? Although we are living longer, are we healthier, happier, more secure, less stressed, or more independent? Is Earth more pristine and its biodiversity […]