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Walter DeVore, Jr
970 663 0524
720 213 8044
Cell: 303 319 3764
concretebuildingsystem@gmail.com


SWOT, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats

Strengths

  1. Eliminates traditional materials and labor
  2. Concrete Building System direct from precaster eliminates middle men's markups
  3. Wall cavity can be filled with onsite dirt, sand, whatever
  4. Fireproof
  5. Flood proof
  6. Easily engineered for tornado safety
  7. Wall provides mounting and enclosure for myriad applications
  8. Alternative for costly code revisions
  9. Most efficient use of concrete
  10. Wider footprint with less concrete makes greater structural stiffness (moment of inertia like scaffolding)
  11. Inherent elegant timeless cut stone aesthetic
  12. Walls naturally conduct radiant floor heat for larger infrared emitter area
  13. Equivalent warmth from radiant source 4 degrees warmer than convected
  14. Cozy, comfortable, and profound sense of well being reported by occupants
  15. Ideal for larger rooms with simple non structural partitions
  16. Simple forming of spandrel beams (bond beams) for increased elevated slab stiffness and thinner slabs
  17. Minimal concrete decreases portland cement usage and carbon footprint
  18. Very long return on investment
  19. On bigger projects enclosed onsite precasting reduces transportation
  20. Little to no maintenance
  21. Concrete globally ubiquitous, empowers unskilled labor
  22. Superior materials use increases appraised value over cost of construction, more owner equity at inception
  23. Stay in place concrete form, eliminates forming and bracing expense
  24. Most demanding structural application is resisting pumped in concrete fill to determine wall panel capability with test pour
  25. Amenable for expansion into archways, other custom shapes
  26. Helix micro rebar steel reinforcement in concrete mix provides simple effective panel strengthening.
  27. Ductility provided by embedded expanded steels and spline joinery can dampen earthquake forces for enhanced survivability
  28. Successfully used on Sunshine Coast in British Columbia, Canada, under maximum earthquake design code requirements (equivalent to California building codes) for four houses
  29. Electrical boxes cast into panels eliminating installation steps
  30. Access doors cast with panels provide "cavity" access mainly for plumbing installations or special applications
  31. Fire and homeowner's insurance can be reduced or eliminated
  32. Very long return on investment
  33. Ultra violet resistant wall panel never needs painting or additional protection
  34. Artistry with penetrating acid stains can create stunning surface aesthetics
  35. Comparative low volume concrete economically opens up integral pigments and dyes for colored concrete
  36. .Can be used as open planter walls to contain soil for plants and microbial root action to clean gray and black water attached to and contiguous with structure for enhanced sanitation alternatives

Weaknesses

  1. Requires vigilant quality control in mold fabrication and assembly until precision consistency is achieved.
  2. Needs care in mix design, admixtures and batching for quality concrete mix
  3. Precasting and initial curing requires controlled inside environment for consistency in panel strengths in order to not require extra portland cement usage
  4. ICC (International Code Council) testing may be required to determine capabilities of system separate from addition of cast in place concrete
  5. Currently a one man push to get implemented into industry
  6. Needs management and partnerships to successfully launch
  7. Unproven on large scale
  8. Needs "early adopters" for initial customer base and innovative building contractors
  9. Exposure to direct sun not beneficial for pvc molds
  10. Local products, especially mold release, should be tested for satisfactory performance
  11. Expanded steel cutting required, can only be sheared in short direction (4'strips) to eliminate problem of curve long wise in sheets
  12. System "foreign" to regular builders, mostly suited to concrete contractors
  13. Trades to work concurrently, not sequentially, as construction proceeds perhaps requiring competent expertise full time
  14. Building jurisdictions and inspectors may balk at innovation
  15. Requires superior timing, coordination, and planning
  16. Bold innovative visionary people required
  17. Larger molds require prudent handling, checks for precision in straightness

Opportunities

  1. Concrete contractors in tandem with general contractors
  2. Formation of regulatory body and experience base to assist in details
  3. Panel components in broad use and high demand could become a tradeable "commodity"
  4. Great opportunity for entrepreneurs
  5. Adoption by governments to facilitate quality housing for citizens
  6. Green building with indigenous materials for cavity fill
  7. "Rocket stove" easily and effectively installed within wall cavity, can vent internally for high heat absorption
  8. Multi family safety, privacy, and construction efficiencies
  9. Safer loans for banks
  10. Increased profits for insurance companies
  11. High customer satisfaction
  12. Rapid expansion with early success
  13. Auxiliary business development, door window manufacture, trucking, designers, support personnel
  14. Two years with 10 million in sales and good profit for public stock offering
  15. Town and city rebuilding after devastations
  16. Profit from operation can subsidize non profit housing to bring "bottom" up, quality housing for all
  17. More cement usage can utilize solar furnaces as receivers of solar energy to reduce and eliminate carbon footprint

Threats

  1. Superior innovation out of the blue
  2. So called "concrete printing" although equipment handling concrete notoriously difficult to maintain
  3. Greed and incompetence seeking quick buck undermining system integrity
  4. Poorly supervised crews doing shoddy and dangerous work
  5. Robotics, a potential threat and opportunity
  6. A poor batch of concrete affecting strength and form pressure endurance
  7. Unsatisfactory care of molds causing panel anomalies
  8. Departure of key people and loss of oversight
  9. Unmanaged climatic conditions affecting concrete strength
  10. Large company usurping idea and opportunity
  11. Patent has expired, yet could be re issued for molding method instead of system attributes


Home page   About Concrete Building Systems   SWOT (Strengths Weaknesses Opportunities Threats)   System Costs   System Benefits   Building Interiors   Precast Panel Manufacture      Inventor  

Walter DeVore, Jr
970 663 0524
720 213 8044
Cell: 303 319 3764
concretebuildingsystem@gmail.com