Unprocessed rock is approximately 10% of the price of competing products.
By enabling the use of a very cheap, local resource and by reducing the cost of labour, Rocksolver will reintroduce unprocessed rock into several large global markets.
Rocksolver will help individuals, communities and industries use a sustainable local resource to create a durable and sustainable built environment.
Unprocessed rock has been used for thousands of years to build housing, landscaping and infrastructure. Although unprocessed rock is amongst the cheapest, most sustainable and most durable of building materials its use is limited due to the difficulty of building with irregular-shaped material. Rocksolver will remove much of that difficulty in all of the following markets:
Unprocessed rock lends itself to small-scale domestic landscaping and larger-scale landscaping of public areas and new subdivisions. These markets are worldwide, numerous and highly fragmented.
Valuable land and infrastructure often require protection from storm damage and erosion. The cheapest material to build mass-gravity stabilisation structures such as retaining walls is local, unprocessed rock.
Coastal communities are coming under increasing pressure to protect valuable coastal land from rising sea levels and storm damage. The cheapest material available to almost all of those communities is their resource of local, unprocessed rock.
Road, rail, waterways and ports are being built at an increasing rate. The deliberate placement of irregular-shaped rocks to form an interlocking strcuture is often used to build embankments, floodways and the armour-layer on breakwaters.
Unprocessed rock is readily available just about anywhere. It's use in housing is limited by the lack of a modern technical solution to dealing with irregular shaped building material. Rocksolver is providing that solution.
Note on photos: The seawall was built by Coastwide Civil. The other works are by unknown stone masons. Housing photo by J. Lambert.