From the CEO and inventor Bill Loftus:
Hello and thanks for visiting Environmental Building Products website. My name is Bill Loftus and from the inventor perspective on things I hope you'll recognize the possibilities and potential that stem from a new building material and method. My hope is that my work will be of value to you and your family.
Since an invention proposes a solution that will solve a problem, to understand what I have invented you need to first address the problem.
Although at first glance you can look at the housing problem of the world and say that here is a problem that is solved very simply by throwing a bunch of money at it. Well, that will for sure get things rolling, however, it's sort of like trying to end poverty by giving poor people money. The US welfare system was pretty much a bust because all the money put into the war on poverty didn't end poverty.
So here's how I see it: I think the housing problem, the poverty problem, the hunger problem and, what the heck, let's throw in the terrorist problem too, have a festering root cause that creates the foundation for these problems to even exist at all, that can ONLY be solved by education. Now, I look at education as something you learn so you can do something in the real world and not just cram your head with a bunch of information that gets memorized and regurgitated to pass some test.
Introducing a curriculum that teaches people to build their own house starts solving the world's problems. Embracing a curriculum that teaches a family to grow their own food starts solving the world's problems. The correct thing about my "think tank" is that by building a house by oneself is the only practical way of solving the global housing deficit. If it's roughly true that there are about 3 people to a dwelling in the United States and there are roughly 300 million people, then there are roughly 100 million dwellings in the US. Back in 1995 when I first came out of the garage and filmed the kids building a house with no power tools, the housing deficit was over 100 million, per the UN. So get the idea that everything you see in the United States needs to be built right away to have enough housing. Only it took a few hundred years for the US to be built and the current production level for housing is about 1 million new houses per year. OOPS, that would then mean it will take over 100 years if we could duplicate all our tradespeople, architects, designers, Home Depots, Lowe's, etc., and numerous wholesale suppliers. All right then. Add the fact that the population is predicted to double in the next 40 years or so and we've then added 5 billion new people on the planet. If you put 5 people in a house you would then need 1 billion houses and not just a measly 100 million. So appreciate how brilliant I am (in some things I am and other things not so, and pretty dumb in other areas) when I state the housing problem is an education problem.
So what I have done is make building a house so simple kids can do it. (See the video.) The education that I gave the kids didn't require months of training either. It took about a day. Of course, training the teachers who in turn train the builders will take months.
If what I think is going to happen, factories will need to be set up and the employees trained. This also will be of major importance to our future growth and delivering millions of homes.
I see a time when our company, Environmental Building Products, has finally gotten through the growing pains and received funding where we could finally open a training center that not just taught my building system but taught the other areas that are vital to self-sufficient living. For example, we have in the new stuff to be patented a self-sufficient house that boasts low cost solar hot water, a low water flush toilet that produces enough methane gas to supply a house with cooking fuel, solar lighting, etc. Our houses need no infrastructure at all and yet the basics that we take for granted are available.
At the training center the focus is teaching teachers how to set up and deliver a Builder's Course in their country. If we train a complement of teachers on how to deliver the environmental curriculum we can then get into some pretty hefty exponential calculations on solving the housing deficit:
Teacher from Developing Country "A" goes back and delivers our Builders Course to 20 families a month. Each week we train yet another teacher from Country "A" and they in turn deliver the Builder's Course to an additional 20 families a month. And supposing that the people we trained kept on building houses; we have then employed some thousands of people. You know that over 5 years they'd have delivered millions of houses. Keep the training going now with every country and within decades we can say we have solved the housing deficit.
Keep in mind that if the agricultural curriculum is also embraced as part of the "teaching" then I see no reason why there should be any hunger in this world. I am not a farmer but the innovators and PhDs that are willing to be on board have a plan:
There is a key plant – kenaf – that grows fast like bamboo but it has several other uses. We use it as an aggregate in the cement mix. (The core is like Styrofoam.) The fibers on the outside of the kenaf plant have many uses – make paper, cloth, composite boards, etc. The most important feature is that when this plant is less than 4 feet tall it is very high in proteins and can be made into pellets (like dog food) and used as cattle feed. The kenaf pellet is made into a super food by adding microorganisms. These are little microscopic fellows that help the cows get more food value from the kenaf because it breaks the food down so more of it is used in the digestive system. Also kenaf is used as a feed for freshwater fish farming.
Now envision this scenario:
Soil improvement. This is done by having a moving fence in a pasture where the fence is moved daily. The cows eat grass as the fence is moved and eat kenaf pellets as a feed. You have a bunch of chickens following the cows. The chickens eat the bugs from the cow manure and the chicken poop is a great fertilizer,too.
Food. There should be plenty of eggs, milk, fish and meat.
Exports: Since you can count on it taking a while to open a Starbucks in a rural African village the thing you can predict that jobs for minimal employment and their resultant dollars are not to be found so easily in the rural community. Even if you could somehow truck your extra garden products to the big city (who has a car or even a decent road in rural areas?), the transportation is small-scale stuff. However, kenaf pellets offer a HUGE industry to the rural village economy.
Currently the developing-country cities are inundated with people who moved from the rural village in search of the "good life" in the city. Unfortunately there are not enough jobs, housing infrastructure, etc., and the cities that are surrounded by slums - high in crime and desperation - are hurting because they lack the resources to take care of these poor people. Wouldn't the better idea be to get these folks to take a job back in the rural village making kenaf pellets, exporting fish or paper, etc.? Here at least they could be self supporting and enjoy a high standard of living.
Improvements to the Building System
As the inventor for Environmental Building Products I must confess that I did not get it perfect the first time. The basic problem was there were parts of the house that were too expensive. No matter how "green" we are with our building system the bottom line is "How much?"
After we have solved the patent financing for the new stuff we will announce our menu of the improvements. We now have the most cost effective building system because we have a menu of building products that is the lowest cost. We have a system that is aimed at developing country starter houses that can easily be expanded by the homeowners. We also have a way to build high rises even skyscrapers, too. The wall block system is still on the menu; it's mainly the roof and floor system that went through the changes.
If you are interested in helping please give me a call at (352) 595-8783
If you are interested in establishing a factory or training center, give me a call too.
Thanks so much for being there and your interest.
Environmental Building Products Inc.
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