Why are we building EcoShells without steel?
Steel reinforced concrete is an incredible invention that has allowed for the construction of all the major cities that exist today. However, if water is allowed to reach the steel embedded in the concrete it corrodes the steel, causing it to expand and crack the concrete. Most of the bridges in the US and around the world are suffering from this flaw that in some cases causes failure of the structure.
We have started working with Basalt rebar on our EcoShell projects and have developed specific basalt products to help with the construction of EcoShells.
We are the first company to build viable EcoShells with absolutely no structural steel elements. Using basalt to provide the tensile strength component in our concrete, we can build EcoShells that are structurally sound and will be unaffected by the possibility of steel corrosion. This allows less concrete to be used and the lifespan of the buildings to be greatly increased.