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Want to build a Green Magic Home yourself?
GMH IS NOT A DO-IT-YOURSELF PRODUCT. Our revolutionary construction system is fast, efficient and very durable; but requires a certain amount of professional skill and ability to obtain optimum results. If you are interested in having a home with our technology find look at the CERTIFIED BUILDER section to find one in your area.
The Green Magic Homes representative will send the necessary drawings of the house and provide all the documentation necessary to procure permits. The client must contact the local government or construction department and go through the permitting process.
Green Magic Homes sells its products EXW (Ex-Works). However, we will assist in arranging for transportation through established cargo agencies.
How long will the production of a Green Magic Home take once the contract is signed and the deposit is paid?
A 100 square meter (1,076 sq ft) house takes about 10 days to manufacture, but the exact delivery time will be determined at the time the contract is submitted since it will depend on various factors such as the production queue and the requirements of the customer with regard to optional items. Normally the process from payment of the retainer fee to delivery will take approximately 30 to 45 days.
Technology components are constructed with materials of low combustibility G1 GOST 30244-94 (inflammable in SNIP 21/01/97), fast cooling technology that does not spread fire. In addition, whenever required the panels are covered by an intumescent coating that is compliant with ASTM E-84.
No, gas emissions occur only during the manufacture of components in our plant, but once the FRP is cured, the panels become completely inert and are no longer producing emissions or outgassing, which makes them suitable for permanent housing.
The R factor, or resistance to the transfer of temperature factor, is approximately 1 for every 10 cm (3.93 inches) of soil. A typical Green Magic Home has an average of 60 cm (23.62 inches) between walls and cover, which gives an R factor of 6. But it can be increased up to an R factor of 50 by first applying a layer of 7.5 inches of closed-cell polyurethane foam, whose R factor is 6 per inch – see SPRAY FOAM – and then covering it with 20 cm (7.5 inches) of soil, grass, and natural gardens.
The force required to crack a module of the GREEN MAGIC HOME system is very high and is not likely to happen accidentally since it would require a strong blow with a steel cutting element or something similar. However, if this were to happen the repair work is relatively simple with elements, which may be obtained in a hardware or construction materials outlet.
Yes. For cold weather, our specifications include applying an extra thick layer of closed-cell insulating foam and then covered with a very wide layer of soil, grass, and plants.
No, we provide the framing system, which when covered with soil, grass and natural gardens, allows you to live in harmony with the environment. Our system includes the fasteners and architectural plans to build a complete unit. Also, some types of exterior windows can also be purchased through us.
Yes, ventilation is specified with the units and will vary depending on the location of the construction. The design of the ventilation is key in optimizing energy efficiency. In most cases, the houses will use ERV (Energy Recovery Ventilation) or ERV (Heat Recovery Ventilation) systems.
Yes, you can plant certain tree species of moderate size with non-invasive roots in parts of the house with a suitable depth of soil. For example between connecting spaces, as well as on the earth berms around the house. Everywhere else it is preferable to plant smaller species which include grasses, succulents, and even large shrubs. It is important to get advice on local plants and planting techniques through our certified builders and other professionals in the area.
No. The Green Magic Homes only provides the construction systems along with the necessary architectural drawings. The unit is constructed by a certified builder.
Absolutely. Green Magic Homes are perfectly suitable for year-round use.
The materials used in the modules are of the highest quality FRP, and as long as the instructions of the technical installation manual are strictly adhered to, and all additional materials (sealants, fasteners, waterproofing, geo-textiles) are used according to specifications, you can expect a lifetime of use with very little maintenance. With the passage of time, the necessary maintenance or repairs required are minimal and simple to address. The soil, grass, and plant covering protects the structure from UV rays from the sun and adverse weather conditions.
Yes, it is possible. The type of crops you can grow will always depend on the climate and conditions of your area.
What type of maintenance does the garden covering the Green Magic Home need, once construction is finished?
The type of vegetation used is always dependent on the climate conditions of the area where the structure is installed. As in any garden, if you use plants native to the region, in many cases you can have zero or very low maintenance. What must be taken into account is that when you build an earth-sheltered house, the surface of the earth tends to revert back to its natural state eventually. You can decide to modify or improve these conditions with, for example, with improved soils, watering systems, and ornamental plants, or anything else that is feasible in your area. Low maintenance ground covering plants are a good choice. We provide some very comprehensive information about what plants are compatible and easy to maintain in rooftop gardens according to your geographical area.
How do the technical installations, such as plumbing, electrical and sewage, work with this technology?
All technical pipeline connections are, as in any standard house, included within the slab foundation. With our technology, the components include ducts and electrical wiring boxes. All plumbing, sewage and gas facilities are directly connected through the foundation.
The time depends on the size and complexity of the individual Green Magic Home. A one bedroom cabin can take 3 people 2 days to assemble and seal, while a 3 bedroom house may take 5 or 6 days. The structure can only be assembled on the slab so this must be completed before any construction can be started.
Not everywhere, but most of the times, yes, permits are needed. Our technology is an innovative construction system that meets all standards of earthquake resistance, wind loads and fire resistance, to be approved in any country in the world. Talk to your local building department for the requirements in your jurisdiction. In most places the permits required will include Structural, Mechanical, Plumbing, Electrical and Fire.
Can new spaces and rooms be added on to a Green Magic Home after its construction has been finished?
Yes. The system supports the connection of additional modules, but future growth should be planned from the beginning so the appropriate parts can be left in place.
Yes, full size interior walls are the same as in any standard house. We do not provide the interior walls, this is something the certified builder will construct.
Yes. Green Magic Homes delivers finished modules can be painted after a light coat of primer.
No. Windows can be ordered from any local supplier. Some types of exterior windows can also be purchased through us. We provide the sizes and plans for all the windows and doors needed to complete a unit.
The system does not include interior floors, walls, cabinets, fixtures or appliances, which the buyer or the certified builder can add based on the design requirements. The buyer is also responsible for local building permits, local architectural or engineering stamps (whenever required), along with any extra engineering costs if required by the local building department.
Green Magic Homes provides the structural Fiber Reinforced Polymer framing system, and all the fastening systems that allow the structure to come together. We also provide a complete set of floor plans, with all the details of the technology, structural calculation reports, foundation design, and technical installations (hydraulic, electrical and water sewing floor plans).
A complete unit will cost between .5x and 1.5x the cost of the components depending on the location of the build, cost of additional materials, cost of labor, and the builders costs and experience. The foundation, electrical and plumbing, along with the interior finish and exterior sealing, berming and planting are standard. For prices on the technology, please fill out the contact form and we will respond with a catalog and prices.