A Colombian, Fernando Llanos tried to build his own house in Cundinamarca, he then decided to build his house out of plastic.
After a series of trials and errors, he ended up meeting architect Óscar Méndez, who developed his thesis on the same subject, and together they founded the company Conceptos Plásticos (Plastic Concepts) in 2011.
The innovative local company managed to patent its system of bricks and pillars made of recycled plastic, which is then put together like Lego pieces in a construction system that lets you build houses up to two stories high in five days.
Instead of using brand new plastic, they decided to reuse plastic that has already been thrown away.
Note that that on average it takes 300 years for it to completely degrade.
The base material they work with is obtained from popular recyclers and factories that discard tons of plastic daily.
Using an extrusion process (technical people will understand this), the plastic is melted and emptied into a final mold, creating a three-kilo brick (6.6 lbs), similar to clay ones with the same dimensions.
Additionally, they are thermoacoustic and earthquake-resistance is up to code for Colombia, taking into account the country’s high levels of earthquakes and other vibrations of the earth.
It has final cost of 20 million Colombian pesos (about USD 6,800) per unit, the company had the help of four people to build a 40 square meter house with two bedrooms, a living room, a dining room, a bathroom and a kitchen in only five days.
Image Courtesy of Conceptos Plásticos