Building System


Dear followers/friends,

First of all, thanks for being our followers/friends. Newood spoke to you. You have seen a collection of Newood realizations and concepts. We showed you what we are able to build at any moment anywhere!

We have send messages to a few thousands of architects. We received many likes and only a handful reactions. The story of the relation Newood/Architects has been published on Facebook a month ago. That a 1000 architects with each an investment of 1000 € could decide on the short term start or not of a Newood Production pilot plant we invited you to. That in France there are 25 000 architects active and we thought that very probably there could exist between them a thousand having not much difficulty to invest 1000 € in a Newood development (tax deductible). Is 4% of the French architects. Germany, England, Benelux, USA, Canada, etc. idem.

The Newood team repeats; 

– that Newood a-thermic houses will become a must in the coming decade. For cooling, our integrated ventilation system is unique. Heating and cooling represent 1/3 of the nations energy bills. With Newood no more heating!,

– that thanks to the very high mechanical resistance of the Newood building material and it’s exceptionally homogenous building system, Newood structures are hurricane, tornado, earthquake and wildfire resistant (is that enough please?), and

– that through a high degree of optimization Newood buildings cost prices are 20 to 30% inferior to traditional building.

What’s more, today at least 1.6 billion human beings live in slums or are homeless. In what we call the Newood model “Kibera” (Nairobi, Kenya) it is possible to house up to 6 persons (mother, father and 4 children) on 400 square feet plinth area incremental housing (that you can extend easily). To house them, will be needed at least 250 Million ultra-social houses and 5.5 Trillion $. Amount that corresponds, strange enough, with the total capital reservation of the sole Panama nation (Panama Papers). In virtual/paper money Panama is worth 5.5 Trillion $, exactly the amount that has to be rendered to house the least wealthy today. This is to catch up. In between now and 2050 there will be another 1.5 billion human beings to house (5% more/year). What will happen if we don’t act now?

We say to all our followers/friends; the fact that you are hereby informed about the existence of the Newood technology makes you co-responsible for whether to intervene or not in favour of the least wealthy.

We also want to talk about Newood self-building as sole solution to render to the least wealthy a home for themselves. We talk about industrial self-building. Factories produce building blocks and the population in need of housing will build for themselves. Homeless in San Diego, housing in tents on sidewalks, where very much in favour of a Homeless for Homeless self-building action in between them and so gaining also dignity. While you architects can build with Newood for whatever client. There is no competition in between self-building and general building. Only a minority of architects are involved/specialized in ultra-social (self-building) housing.

This is what we think and what we maintain. Architects, we offer you a new essential dimension in your art. We invite you to a fantastic worldwide development. It is not the moment for resistance to a necessary and fascinating creative change of paradigm. You need the world and the world need’s you. Thanks for reading us, Willem.

Message to the architects.

Dear Architects

The patented Newood technology is the most important innovation in general construction since the dawn of human building. The first one that allows to build all flat, curved, double curved (hyperbolic parabolas) and spherical shapes without skeletons or frameworks. Newood constructions are highly resistant and a-thermic (CO2 >). For architecture the Newood technology opens new fields of forms, a new dimension of architectural design. At cost price, Newood constructions are 20 to 30% cheaper than traditional building systems.

The Newood team is launching a crowdfunding campaign to fund the creation of an industrial pilot production unit. For which we need 1 million euros.

You are some 30,000 architects in France and 600,000 in Europe. By donation, loan or participation of 1,000 euros per architect, 1,000 architects are enough, that is to say for France alone 3.3% and for Europe 0.2%. We are convinced that among the hundreds of thousands architects worldwide there could probably be a 1,000 of them in capacity to donate or lend or participate to the amount of 1,000 euros per person. Please participate at the start of a strategic and indispensable global building technology.

With Newood, no heating, no damage, no death toll, no fatality.

Meeting with the homeless in San Diego

Newood News : Newood en Californie !

Au mois de janvier dernier Willem van Willigen, gérant de la SARL Fondamental et fondateur de la technologie Newood a été reçu à l’Université de Californie San Diego par M. Joel Conte, Professeur d’Ingénierie structurale et Directeur de la grande table vibrante de la NEES qui a qualifié la technologie Newood « de la plus importante innovation dans le domaine de la construction bois depuis un siècle » (lire sa lettre ci-après).

About self-building

During pre-history, small groups of human beings built their shelters by and for themselves. Everyone brought their abilities.

At the time of the settlement of the first farmers, the same was true in the Neolithic era. And it was with the appearance of the first civilizations that the leaders (sultans, kings, emperors, pharaohs) decided self-proclaimed rules to build the first cities. You’re going to put me a pyramid or hanging gardens here or there !

In rural areas, construction continued to be improvised without rules other than common sense. When Jeannot wanted to build too close to Pierrot he was going to convince him to dismiss his construction for the good reason that the passage would be insufficient to pass with his cart. We can talk about social control. The inhabitants arranged each other for a good general functioning. Admire the improvised beauty of Santorini that has enough of tourism. All you have to do is to demolish everything and build crazy high rise buildings and tourism will cease. Tourists come to see a small town where low buildings are supported against one another and improvised along paths that follow the level curves whose widths vary according to the topography. What pleases and what we lost.

Santorin the beautiful.

In the Middle Ages and until the beginning of the 20th century, in the countryside everyone built for himself and his family. It is true often helped by a man of art, a confirmed mason, paid to ensure that the construction will be solid and in conformity with the intended use. Construction generally followed the level curves. From earthworks they did as little as possible and were limited to foundations. Nowadays one moves if necessary (or imagined) an entire mountain with bulldozers.

In France, until 1950 – 1960, in the rural world, we built as much as we wanted. People said we are building a new house more than they were asking for a permit. The city council decided. Subsequently, with the organization of the Departmental Directorates of Equipment, the regulations have become exponentially stacked. According to a specialised lawyer, there would be more than 70,000 construction rules in France that no specialist would know.

Saint Thomé d’Ardèche.

In small towns and villages there was a great deal of self-building. Everyone saw building and if needed often self-build with help. The atavistic instincts of building his own shelter continued to express it selves. François Fontès, architect and urban planner, up to his neck in contemporary construction, loves to talk about when, as a child, he built cabins. Cabins, which to say it bluntly, demography compels (?), have become post-war hutches. To better crowd human beings and then exploit them.

Today it is interesting to see that there is still a fringe of the population whose atavistic instinct works and who is passionate about self-building. From a philosophical point of view, self-building is excellent for personality formation.

With computing, it is now possible for everyone to draw and build their own houses. The law allows, in France, to apply for a personal building permit without going through an architect. A last rampart for self-construction limited to 170 m2 habitable and soon more than 150 m2. Still enough for a family.

There are 1.6 billion people living in slums around the world today. The demographic forecast shows that it will be 2 billion in 2030 and 3 billion in 2050 (an increase of about 5%/year). It goes without saying that all the construction companies of the world, even united, are unable to build the homes needed to house them. These people only ask for one thing: to be able to have the means (materials) to build themselves. 1.6 billion people represent 3.2 billion hands waiting for this. And even if there are only half of the hands strong enough it makes it possible to be housed with dignity.

The wealthy must be able to play golf calmly isn’t it ?

Kibera, a shanty town at the south foot of Nairobi’s city centre, 180,000 people on 250 hectares (Kibera women counted themselves) = 138 m2 per person including habitat, circulation, latrines, etc. The city decided to cut the slum in half for the passage of a highway by expelling manu militari the inhabitants. To retrieve undoubtedly the adjacent lands and then spread the city for the wealthy. Without offering any other place to hide under tarpaulins. African gentrification !

Self-building that is inscribed in our genes (to nest) brings pride and dignity to self-builders. Where we must not forget that without habitat, no safety, no health, no education.

For the rich and the poor, Newood technology is particularly suitable for self-building. Building with blocks is a millennial human tradition. We talk about industrial self-building. A factory produces isolated structural blocks that slum dwellers themselves assemble with monitors until a constructive buzz sets in