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Typhoon-Proof and Disaster-Resistant, Western Style Housing, Safe and Secure Permanent and Temporary Structures, Relief Centers, Shelters, Schools and other Structural Units

Table of Contents

Philippine Construction CompanyKey Personnel

Ruth Tandaan Sto Domingo

Corvic Adrados

Ward Tipton

Mission Statement

Business Goals

Business Introduction

Franchise Location

Location Benefits

Location Detriments

Business Products and Services

About the Blocks

About the Construction Process

Environmental Concerns with QuikBlox®

Environmental Concerns in Production and Manufacturing

Environmental Concerns in Construction Activity

The Business Market

The Business Market for Construction

The Business Market For Sales

Marketing Strategy

Short-Term or Initial Marketing Strategies

Marketing Strategies Regarding Disaster Mitigation

Marketing Strategies Regarding Mudslides

Marketing Strategies Regarding Typhoons

Marketing Strategies Regarding Earthquakes

Marketing Strategies for Western Style Housing

Marketing Strategies for Environmental Concerns

Marketing Strategies for Agricultural and “Alternative” Use of Materials

Marketing Strategies – Profits for Charity

Print, Radio and Television Advertising

Marketing On the Internet

Long-Term Marketing and “Ambulance Chasing” Disasters

Marketing for “Portable Construction” and “Leasing”

Marketing for Temporary Housing and Construction

Marketing for Temporary or (Re)Movable Barricades

Marketing for Subdivisions and Multiple Unit Construction

Marketing for the Construction and Sales of Luxury Homes

Marketing for the Construction, Management and Long-Term investment in Luxury Island Homes, Resorts and Golf Courses

Business Financial Interests and Concerns

$40,000 AUD Budget and Expenses

Profit Margins on Construction and Sales

Contractor Work and Pricing

Business Pricing – Variations in Disaster Zones and Shipping

Business Pricing For Sales and Materials

Business Pricing in Construction Efforts

Business Pricing for Purchasing Construction Materials (Other than QuikBlox®)

Business Competition

Business Competition in Sales

Business Competition in Construction

Corporate Innovation, Research and Development

Isolated “Off-the-Grid” Building Solutions

Construction and Disaster Mitigation

Not-For-Profit Funding and Expansion

Improved Construction Materials

Integrated Agricultural Systems

Inland Waterways, Dams, Irrigation and Drainage

Disaster Mitigation

Large Scale “Off the Grid” Communities and Micro-Communities

Innovation in Building Design and Agricultural Integration

 

Key Personnel

As with any business, having the proper personnel in place is the key to success. While this particular endeavor is in a field already rife with competition, the product is very unique, the marketing aspects make us one of two in the nation who can actively compete and with our key personnel in place, we can even offer features and benefits that no existing companies can (or at least do) currently offer.

Ruth Tandaan Sto Domingo

Ruth Tandaan Sto Domingo will be one of two registered owners of the Corporation (officially licensed as a Limited Liability Corporation) and has many unique qualities that make her ideal for an Office Manager Position in addition to being one of the two, registered owners. In that capacity she will also be working as a direct sales agent for clients wishing to buy the construction materials as well as for establishing and closing contracts with customers who order custom built homes and/or commercial buildings. On top of this she will work as a Customer Service Representative and also as a direct liaison between the offices of the physical business location and the production facilities currently in existence in Naga City. We do believe that after the initial marketing campaign it will be beneficial to establish new production facilities in Tacloban in addition to the Naga City facilities where production can be more localized, costs reduced and additional materials testing, research and development can be implemented in direct cooperation with Universities and global relief agencies. Ruth Tandaan Sto Domingo will also work as a coordinator to enable cooperative efforts towards such (an) agreement(s).

Ruth Sto Domingo speaks, reads and writes English, Tagalog and several different variations of the local Bicolano dialects (and is conversant in Visayan, the local language in Tacloban) and has a Baccalaureate degree in Veterinary Sciences.

Corvic Adrados

Corvic Adrados has a Baccalaureate degree in Marketing and advertisiing in addition to a strong history of construction and commercial and residential electrical work. Initial projections Put Corvic Adrados and Marcus WC Tipton working together initially to coordinate efforts with the integration of “Western-Style” plumbing and electrical installations on new construction sites and then working independently of one another each running separate crews in order to increase construction levels and maximize profitabilty. Additional efforts of Corvic Adrados will be in marketing and advertising at the local and national level as well as working as a direct-liaison between relief agencies such as the United Nations, the Red Cross and other relief agencies and groups and their Philippine counterparts. Corvic Adrados will additionally hold seminars and other public venues to educate the general populace regarding disaster mitigation, construction alternatives and safety precautions that can be taken in order to minimize losses in the event of man-made or natural disasters.

Corvic Adrados speaks, reads and writes English, Tagalog and several of the local variations of the Bicolano dialects in addition to being conversationally fluent in Visayan.

Marcus WC Tipton

Marcus WC Tipton is an experienced electrician, plumber and construction worker in addition to having a strong history of maintenance work including working as a maintenance engineer in a Hotel and Casino with two-hundred and forty-eight hotel rooms, three commercial kitchens, five restaurants, a casino, a commercial laundry and a complete engineering and carpentry shop. He also has extensive experience in the construction of Earthquake-Resistant foundations with his construction work in the Reno, Nevada Markets. His contributions and his experience are such that he will be the primary facilitator to instruct people on Western-Style construction including (and more specifically) plumbing and electrical circuits. In the initial phases of the operations he will work in direct cooperation with the owner/producer of “QuikBlox”® in order to facilitate the training of laborers and to conform to current labor and business practices as already established by the owner and founder of QuikBlox. At such a time as business warrants, Marcus WC Tipton will begin actively marketing local, national and International Relief Agencies in the Tacloban region of the Philippines (there for the cleanup and rebuilding after Typhoon Yolanda … or Haiyan as it is known locally/domestically) and work as part of the initial crew building homes and commercial buildings. As business growth continues, Marcus WC Tipton, like Corvic Adrados will form a separate crew to begin doubling the construction capacity of the business and as growth continues, will work again in cooperation with Corvic Adrados to establish new work crews and construction teams so as to increase the margin of profit and finance the ongoing efforts of the Not-For-Profit efforts within the Philippines.

Marcus WC Tipton also works as the liaison for the Not-For-Profit ventures currently involved in this (and other) project(s) and between the researchers, scientists, universities and others who are directly involved with research, development, holistic, sustainable community building and other efforts that will be undertaken through the profits of this and eventually, additional for-profit ventures.

Mission Statement

Our goals are to increase the safety and security of the average housing, military bases, schools, relief shelters and other buildings in the Philippines and ultimately to be able to increase production to levels sufficient enough to greatly reduce the associated costs of relative safety and comfort to make it an attainable goal for all people here.

Business Goals

  • To initiate business operation centers and offices in troubled locations where disaster mitigation is more of a necessity than an option

  • To Establish ourselves as a certified and approved UN Vendor

  • To increase previously established contacts within the UN, the Philippine Police and the Armed Forces of the Philippines for the purpose of increasing government contracts and sales

  • To develop a means for presenting the benefits of the QuikBlox® Materials and methods of construction to disaster mitigation and disaster relief agencies and persons living in areas prone to natural disasters

  • To establish new and strengthen existing working relationships with local, state and federal government officials

  • To work in cooperation with disaster mitigation and disaster relief agencies in a concerted effort to strengthen long-term sales while at the same time providing safe and secure housing and commercial properties

  • To expand production facilities to include “Primary” production facilities in and/or around the major cities of the Philippines including Cebu, Davao, Cagayan De Oro, Manila and the existing facilities in Naga City

  • To develop Long-term Relationships with contractors and communities to insure long-term growth and a continued presence as a profitable business in product sales and construction and a community developer

  • To establish a Not For Profit and ultimately an entire Foundation to more formerly address the concerns regarding environmental issues, education, homelessness and poverty within the Philippines

  • To continue research and development with some who have expressed an interest in the QuikBlox® and similar technologies and develop new, stronger and more environmentally friendly construction materials

  • To work in cooperation with established partners in order to expand the potential business opportunities and to increase profitability to better finance the not-for-profit business ventures

  • To expand the production capacity of QuikBlox to make it more accessible and inexpensive to ship products over a substantially larger portion of the Philippines than allowed by current limitations in production facilities and capacity

  • The establishment of a Real Estate Department within the company to find inexpensive lots, build homes on the empty lots and then sell them for a more substantial profit margin

  • Establish a Natural Resources and Alternative Energies Department within the business to design, develop and build homes completely isolated from “the grid” yet still capable of maintaining “quality of life” for the returning OFW and Westerners and other retirees who may be looking for better living options in the Philippines … Homes would include solar and/or wind-generated power supplies, solar water heaters, gas and/or wood-burning stoves and other amenities that do not rely on public utilities

  • In regards to the Alternative Energy portion of the business, this would ultimately provide job openings to work on installations of alternative and “isolated” utilities on construction other than that using QuikBlox® technology and into the realm of more “conventional” construction … but would also be an opportunity to expand the business itself

  • To research, develop and implement an entire home-system utilizing all isolated and “off-the-grid” solutions that are integrated into the home construction

  • To research, develop and implement more effective means of diverting more powerful and larger mudslides when housing is located on hillsides

  • To hire somone to develop a more comprehensive and full online marketing package including a constant addition of photographs to sites like Pinterest, ViralNova, Press Releases, content for the website, Twitter updates, a Facebook page and continual updates and marketing in order to try to get some positive press, community and public relations and develop a devoted following, brand and name recognition

  • To develop a subsidiary of the corporation for the purposes of providing temporary “housing” and other temporary building needs for concerts and other public events that may require additional buildings a bit more substantial than plastic “Port-A-Potties” or “Johnny-Huts” … or other “portable” plastic building facades

  • The development of a marketing division for the sales, rental and leasing of QuikBlox® as temporary barriers, buildings, housing and for a host of other temporary uses

  • To Establish a Property Management Group for the purposes of creating High-End, Luxury Homes and ultimately the purchase of an Island or Islands for the purposes of expanding into the field of Luxury Golf Resorts to compete directly with the many golfing tourism destinations in Malaysia and on an increasing level throughout both Asia and SE Asia in particular

Business Introduction

QuikBlox® was originally founded in Naga City by Paul Redburn who continues to run operations from his office in Palestina, Camarines Sur just outside of Naga City. Production facilities are currently located solely in the Naga City area as well.

Franchise Location

The construction company under consideration will be located in Tacloban in the heart of the devastation left behind by Typhoon Yolanda. While the amount of construction that is going to be needed due to the recent disasters is relevant to the selection of this location, there are additional benefits as well. Tacloban is located on the coast which will allow for more inexpensive shipping of products and easier expansion of the business via the ports to Davao, Cebu, Cagayan De Oro and other locations throughout the Southern Visayas in the Philippines. This extended market greatly increases the potential for profits and work well beyond the local scope.

Location Benefits

Tacloban was severely damaged by Typhoon Yolanda and as such is a prime location for any construction firm of merit. There are a great many commercial opportunities including the construction of commercial buildings, government buildings (both state and local) and other projects that are potentially very profitable given the unique design, speed of construction and other benefits of the QuikBlox® materials and methods of construction. While there are similar styles of construction spread out around the globe … primarily within mainland or The People's Republic of China and in Colorado in the United States, QuikBlox® is unique to SE Asia and as such, the only supplier on a national level. The unique properties of the blocks make them ideally suited for disaster mitigation and as such we believe that there is a direct market available with the major relief agencies already working within the region of Tacloban.

Corvic Adrados and Marcus WC Tipton are working in cooperation with Paul Redburn to provide seminars and other introductions of the QuikBlox® technology to the many relief agencies who are already working in the Tacloban region of the Philippines. It is believed that this marketing effort alone will result in a great many contracts with the potential to open up more national and international markets as well as providing much-needed contacts within these agencies for future reference and for such times as disaster relief efforts may be required.

Location Detriments

At present, the only location where QuikBlox® are being produced is in the Naga City area of the Philippines. This is going to increase the costs of construction at first but it is not a challenge that cannot be overcome. Should the marketing efforts and sales be of a sufficient quantity … as of yet to be decided by Marcus WC Tipton and Paul Redburn in their negotiations, production facilities will be set up in the Tacloban region to increase the profitability and production capacity of QuikBlox®. Such facilities may or may not be under the control of the Franchised Coporation as negotiations are still underway.

Business Products and Services

 

The QuikBlox® are made using naturally cleansed volcanic sand. Each standard construction block weighs approximately thirty kilograms in its final form. The weight and the materials used in addition to the production process make this a truly unique product that has a great many benefits. Each block is rated to have a tensile strength rating or breaking point of three-thousand PSI or pounds per square inch making them ideal for construction purposes in areas prone to natural disasters. With the addition of specially designed foundations in addition to the footer system currently in place and their unique design, they are also quite highly resistant to the effects of most earthquakes … which are a prevalent concern here in the Philippines as well.

The QuikBlox® are bonded on the sides, tops and bottoms with a binary, cold-welding adhesive compound which is strong enough to hold the blocks together beyond their rated tensile strength of 3000PSI. It is not susceptible to deterioration from exposure to the weather and will last for the entire lifetime of the house. The QuikBlox® blocks are held together primarily through the use of this adhesive compound in conjunction with assorted sizes of All-Thread that is used to strengthen the connection while at the same time allowing for enough “flexibility” to prevent the house from becoming so “stiff” that breakage or other undue damage would occur during major storms or even minor earthquakes. “Special” blocks are available pre-made for the allowance of four-inch pipes and conduit into the home in addition to “Special” blocks for the electrical outlets and wiring.

The weight and tensil strength of the QuikBlox® do have some limitations insofar as they are not recommended for construction of buildings over five-stories in heighth without precautionary measures and safety concerns that require additional construction and costs. The Government and residential buildings in the Tacloban area are not this height, it does not appear to be a concern of any importance.

About the Construction Process

The method of the QuikBlox® is such that construction is both highly accelerated, efficient and easily handled even by a single person for a small project. While the weight of the blocks may be difficult for some people to handle initially, if they are physically fit enough to haul the weight, a single individual would have very little difficulty building an entire, single-story home by themselves within a couple of weeks. Even without the inclusion of footers rooted into the ground (as opposed to a more simple … albeit it less sound during earthquakes) foundation, the primary costs for labor are associated with the digging and manual labor necessary to lay the foundation. The construction process itself can be handled with larger numbers of temporary laborers to do the digging and filling with the actual construction being completed by a smaller, more well-trained crew creating a major savings in costs.

Environmental Concerns with QuikBlox®

Since the vast majority of our Not-For-Profit efforts are related to environmental concerns and sustainability, it seems only reasonable that construction methods and materials should be both “environmentally friendly” and “sustainable” in nature. To fully understand this, it is important to know at least a little bit about common construction methods in the Philippines. Current construction generally relies heavily on the use of both bamboo and coconut lumber greatly increasing the costs of construction and wasting valuable and in both cases, long-growth-period natural resources. Additionally, using more traditional concrete on a large scale and the “debris” associated with common construction methods are all overly detrimental in regards to environmental concerns.

Environmental Concerns in Production and Manufacturing

QuikBlox® are made with volcanic sand which generally has to be treated with very caustic materials. Due to the activity of the Mayon volcano and other localized, natural environmental activity, there is an excessive amount of sedimentary residue in local rivers and creeks. As part of his previous work, Paul Redburn has been contracted to dredge this sediment out of local waterways throughout the Bicol region of the Philippines and occasionally from additional areas of ongoing geological activity within the Philippines. This provides a very large, naturally cleansed source for the primary production materials while helping to restore the environment and local ecosystems to a more healthy state in the process. (Building a Hollow-Block … the un-baked, local version of a cinder block … house often requires a higher cost for wood to be used as forms and occasionally bamboo to be used as scaffolding than the cost of the home itself. Upon the completion of the construction, this material is generally “reclaimed” only to the extent that large portions are used … generally at quite an expense to the contractor. Most of the smaller remnants will merely be burnt off or thrown away) Given the prevalence of volcanic activity within the “Ring of Fire” and more specifically within the Philippines, this will serve as an added benefit in that government monies will be available for dredging projects where a virtually unlimited supply of naturally cleansed volcanic sand can be continually obtained for little more than the cost of transport and in fact, may be able to create a profitable subsidiary for the corporation.

Environmental Concerns in Construction Activity

At present there is a massive need for countless “lumberjacks” and “chainsaw operators” in the Tacloban region due to some twenty-million coconut trees that were felled by Typhoon Yolanda. While their loss was a tragedy, it will become even more problematic when those lost trees are being replanted and replaced. Despite the relatively inexpensive cost of the “coco-lumber” or wood from the coconut trees, ancient coconut trees … indeed … mature coconut trees do take an inordinate amount of time to grow to maturity and as such, much of what has been lost will not be replaced within our lifetimes. While the excessive amounts of coco-lumber currently available may even temporarily make this a more inexpensive alternative, it cannot be seen as sustainable in any sense of the word. QuikBlox® construction uses steel for the limited forms that are needed for the foundation-work and scaffolds are used to provide work-spaces at elevated levels eliminating the need for costly forms that have to be purchased anew with each job and that will take years to renew in a natural growth environment.

All solvents and harsh chemicals associated with the construction of buildings using the QuikBlox® will have strict rules regarding the use, cleaning and disposal of any and all chemicals necessary in the process including but not necessarily limited to the binary bonding compounds, cleaning agents, paints and other chemicals that may be toxic to the natural environment.

The Business Market

The Business Market for this corporation is focused on two related but separate areas. The more profitable arena is the full-construction of residential and commercial buildings. While sales will not be nearly as profitable, there should be a sufficient market to create a positive return on any investments necessary in regards to that portion of the business. While the profit margin itself is smaller in sales, it is believed that sales volume will help this to be a portion of the venture lucrative enough to make it worth pursuing in earnest.

The Business Market for Construction

We have a rather large and diverse target market given the devastation left behind by Typhoon Yolanda and the unique ability of our products to withstand the natural forces of Typhoons, Earthquakes and other natural and even some man-made disasters. There are a great many government buildings that still need to be replaced as well as a very great need to rebuild both residential and commercial buildings on a massive scale. Given the speed, the durability and the strength of our homes along with the different marketing techniques, it is possible to see a good portion of the market share of reconstruction efforts coming the way of this business venture.

Another approach that we will be taking is working in close cooperation with many of the other relief agencies who already have “boots on the ground” and who are actively rebuilding using more traditional, less sustainable and even less durable construction methods … often at higher costs. We believe that especially in the beginning this venue will allow us to greatly increase our construction and building opportunities while at the same time providing a solid foundation for future product sales to independent contractors, relief agencies and even competing construction firms.

The Business Market For Sales

The Corporation will be scheduling a great many seminars and displays of our products and its unique features with a primary focus on safety concerns and Western-style comfort. Such a message should resound well among the people who have so recently lost so much and who are looking for a viable means of insuring that such catastrophic circumstances do not strike them the same way twice. The primary audience for many of these seminars will be government agencies from the Philippine government and international emergency response and relief agencies such as the United Nations and the Red Cross who already have a great many construction projects under way. While we will stress the need to have our crews work on the actual construction for the first few jobs, we will also focus on the ease with which construction takes place and their ability to do all of the work themselves within short order. In this way we plan to drive some short term sales for the construction aspects while greatly enhancing long-term sales of a greater number of materials will be required for the larger and more numerous projects undertaken by these agencies.

Marketing Strategy

The marketing strategy for this corporation will be multi-faceted with focuses on disaster mitigation, security, “Western-Style” comforts and the ability to use the technology outside of the realm of just residential and commercial construction and into the areas of agriculture, production and more.

Short-Term or Initial Marketing Strategies

The initial marketing strategy will include the setup of a primary office, a production warehouse, an “outbuilding” (likely to be in the form of a “Sari Sari Store” or a small, home-based “convenience” type store as is very common here in the Philippines) and smaller samples including a fish pond and hopefully a warehouse and a surrounding fence to keep out looters that may still be in abundant supply in such a devastated area. All of the construction on site will be made utilizing the QuikBlox® materials and will serve as a sample of some of the things that can be accomplished utilizing our technology. Depending on the land selected, homes may be built on-site for those crews that move in from the Naga City area.

Marketing Strategies Regarding Disaster Mitigation

One of the primary benefits of construction utilizing the QuikBlox® technology is its ability to withstand most natural and even some man-made disasters. This particular avenue of marketing will be introduced through an ongoing series of seminars and public venues whereby the strength, durability and protection offered by the use of QuikBlox® products can be demonstrated. Long-term goals include plans to create a “vibrating base” to simulate earthquakes and their effects on homes and other similar, compelling and perhaps even interactive displays.

Marketing Strategies Regarding Mudslides

Due to their very nature, the mudslides are among the most difficult natural disasters to prevent and even moreso given the amount of deforestation that has taken place in addition to people building throughout the mountains for the purposes of having an endless supply of fresh, clean water for agricultural irrigation and for human sustenance. While the tensile strength of the QuikBlox® is more than adequate to handle the impact in footpounds of a mudslide, it has been questioned whether or not it can actually stop many of the larger mudslides that tend to rise up to a truly frightening height.

While we cannot say for certain that the methods that we have designed would be adequate protection under any circumcstances, all of our research does indicate that the devastation of even the most major mudslides can be drastically reduced if not diminished altogether by building creative “landscaping” around structures … particularly in areas and on sides of the premises where the landslides would be most likely to occur. In short, specially designed barriers are constructed and installed and utilized as planters and other such type of decorations though if and when landslides do occur, all of our research indicates that they will indeed divert most of the flow of mud around existing structures.

Marketing Strategies Regarding Typhoons

Much of the focus on disaster mitigation regarding typhoons revolves around the natural effects of wind and rain on the land and on the homes … many of which are indeed substandard by most any measure. I have personally seen concrete and hollow-block homes turned on their side during a typhoon because they were built without any foundations. The construction using QuikBlox® technology is firmly seated on the foundation, often with footers in place as well and is highly resistant to even the strongest winds. Due to its weight and the solid connection to the foundation (and footers where applicable) there would not be any issues of homes being “dumped” over as they have been in a great many storms in the past. Their solid style of construction in conjunction with “storm windows” and “Storm-flaps” covering windows will allow them to withstand virtually any storm seen to date.

To date there is only one competitor who is capable of advertising similar housing including the issues regarding safety though while they make those claims, to date I have not seen any indication that they have any actual proof to substantiate these claims. While we would not have such an advantage at first, it will not be long before we have ample proof of the durability of homes built using QuikBlox® technology and that will be incorporated into the marketing campaigns.

Marketing Strategies Regarding Earthquakes

Initially this will be one of the more difficult marketing strategies to pursue even in regards to making presentations for the additional disaster mitigation and relief agencies already on site. Eventually we would like to make a display to simulate an earthquake scenario. While it would not have to be anything fancy, it would have to support a great deal of weight and be highly “flexible”. While this may not be a marketing tactic that can be pursued initially, given the existing devastation and the need for reconstruction and typhoon-resistant housing immediately and for the foreseeable future, this should not be any detriment to the overall profitability of viability of the organization in regards to business opportunities.

Marketing Strategies for Western Style Housing

There is a good deal of standard construction housing in the Philippines that does provide what is for all intents and purposes housing sufficient to provide a modicum of comfort. However, the OFW or Overseas Foreign Workers … Filipino citizens who have traveled overseas to work and earn more money … are coming back in what are quite literally record numbers as the global and local economies decline and fall. Additionally, many Westerners and people from other Industrialized nations, seeking a very similar economic “escape” are looking to find a refuge of sorts where they can retain their quality of life and, while they may be retiring with something less than they had planned, where they can get more of the proverbial “bang” for their retirement “buck”.

Among the most common differences is in regards to the construction of the CR … a comfort room or what would more commonly be known as a restroom or bathroom. Three and four inch drain pipes are the most common system put in place for drainage to the septic tank or sewage system (if there is any system in place at all) and this does work well enough for most Philippine uses on average. However, large people or the people who tend … or prefer to use toilet tissue rather than splashes of cold water from a bucket may have a difficult time and drains will quickly get clogged even with the lightest and most biodegradable tissues being used. The installation of proper toilets replete with water tanks, a six-inch drainage pipe and other “features” will set the homes built by this company apart from any of their competitors. Features such as bathtubs, enclosed showers, toilet tissue holders and proper drainage and septic systems will certainly help us in being the only corporation actively marketing Western Style Comforts in a lush, tropical paradise.

Marketing Strategies for Environmental Concerns

This marketing strategy also boils down to our many other efforts and our ability to utilize this business as a means to fund our Not-For-Profit concerns in their opening phases. As such a great deal of our marketing will be geared towards environmental concerns and other issues which are highly relevant and important to the large areas of our targeted demographic to whom these issues are such a concern. At this point in time we have solid commitments in our efforts to begin building Holistic, Sustainable Communities including a great many “For-Profit” and “Not-For-Profit” integrated and incorporated solutions. While the budgeted amount for the primary community is some one and one-half million US dollars, it also includes three-hundred hectares for a limited number of luxury homes to be built, a larger number of “regular housing units” to be constructed perhaps in the form of subdivisions or even single-family homes all separate of the community and in a concerted effort to have the community become more wholly self-sustaining. One of the primary installations will be that of the Webb University including a firm commitment from Microsoft to build a computer college, a Flight School, an Avionics school and the development of research and development facilities for further studies with Fuel Cell Technologies and trapping and using methane from natural and organic waste for the production of Natural Gas to be piped into all of the homes for the purposes of Electrical power, hot water and refrigeration. These efforts have assurances from experts at the University of North Carolina at Durham and a possibly from the University of Miami as well. Such an endeavor will also open the door to a substantial number of grant opportunities as well and since QuikBlox® Integrated Construction Technologies are Patented in both the US and the Philippines and ACT – Advanced Construction Technologies will serve as the construction arm of QuikBlox® we will also have all of the relevant building contracts through provisions made in the Not-For-Profit By-Laws specifically to insure the qualty of materials and construction as that provided by ACT.

Marketing Strategies for Agricultural and “Alternative” Use of Materials

We envision the vast majority of our clients will require building materials and a great many of them will be conducting their own construction after the initial phases are completed and people see just how easily such buildings are constructed. There are going to be times and occasions during such efforts that people have “residual” materials left over. In many of these cases, those materials can actually be used to generate new sales through the introduction of smaller projects. Since it is unknown at present exactly where the offices will be located, it is difficult to say what the local laws will be like regarding livestock. Given the devastation and the circumstances in and around Tacloban, there may in fact be variables in place that allow for the growth and harvesting of livestock even in locations where such activities would normally be prohibited. While this may seem tangential at first, it is very relevant to the marketing and extended sales potential for the QuikBlox® and the long-term viability of the business.

The office location should serve as an advertisement in and of itself. Examples of the buildings will be available as the office design and build itself will be made from QuikBlox®. Additional displays will include some creative landscaping designs, an example of a Tilapia “pond” with an Aquaponic, vertical garden over top of it for an example of construction possibilities and sustainability, a surrounding fence is a good possibility (and may prove to be a necessity in Tacloban) a piggery for breeders and fatteners and other examples of what can be done with the QuikBlox® technology. Additional details about similar projects will be included in relevant print, radio and television markets in order to drive even more sales to QuikBlox®.

Marketing Strategies – Profits for Charity

Only when all of the details for financing have been finalized can we set an actual percentage. However, the overall concept behind this corporation is to begin the funding of cooperative Not-For-Profit ventures here in the Philippines. Each and every advertisement will have a “disclaimer”-like notice pointing out that the decided upon percentage is donated to efforts regarding the Haiyan Relief efforts and other Philippine-based charities in an effort to boost sales.

Print, Radio and Television Advertising

Initial marketing efforts will focus on the direct rebuilding in and around the Tacloban area of the Philippines however this is not an extended or even overly long-term market approach. At such a time as the initial market resumes to a more normal pace and the devastation is mostly cleaned up, print, radio and television advertisements will also be used to promote the business in both construction and sales.

Marketing On the Internet

Online marketing efforts will include a comprehensive website, pictures on Pinterest, ViralNova and other similar sites, a Facebook Page, a Twitter account and using online marketing methods to drive traffic to the website. Special offers will be offered online only so as to enable the tracking of advertising results and react accordingly.

Long-Term Marketing and “Ambulance Chasing” Disasters

This particular marketing strategy is indeed a very viable and potentially quite profitable method for promoting the business interests in regards to construction and sales. There are large numbers of natural disasters that take place in the Philippines and while we certainly do not have any intentions of glorifying disasters or even profiteering from human suffering, our products are unique insofar as they are capable of preventing any further occurrences such as the recent tragedies have created. Indeed we do believe and all of our research and some years of history indicate that our products do save lives so it seems only fitting that we create new offices in locations where natural disasters have recently taken place. While we may be a bit late to do anything about the disaster that just occurred, not only could this method of marketing increase sales and construction but it could very well save an untold number of lives. As our Research and Development Department grows, so will the resistance to disasters.

Marketing for “Portable Construction” and “Leasing”

The unique properties of the QuikBlox® Construction Technologies allow for them to be ideally suited to the construction of both permanent and temporary fixtures. Anything from Street Barricades to temporary housing and temporary store-fronts can literally be set up in a matter of hours and taken down again once they are no longer needed. This creates a very unique opportunity for sales and leasing of blocks, construction crews and for other means of generating a positive cash flow through sales and/or leasing of such technologies. Police and Military checkpoints are often portable in nature but subject to attack and accident alike as well as

Marketing for Temporary Housing and Construction

The Philippines, like a great many countries, has more than its fair share of Fairs, trade-shows and other exhibits. On the one hand, these are an excellent opportunity to market a very unique product and to gain name recognition and increase futures sales. On the other hand, there is a vast marketing potential here that should not be overlooked either. QuikBlox® are developed in such a manner as to allow them to be put together and taken apart on a regular basis as long as they are not sealed into place with the bonding compounds. In other words, they create a virtually unlimited market for “temporary” buildings. Whether it is exhibits or displays in an Exposition or at the county or state fair, the blocks can be put together and taken apart with ease while at the same time affording very safe and secure “housing” for people who were forced to stay in those facilities during the times of the conventions, fairs or other expositions. The Turo Turo (A small, family style restaurant) in front of the QuikBlox® offices in Naga City was built by two people in less than half a day and does not use sealants. It has stood for approximately three years to date and serves as an excellent example of temporary shelter, housing and even temporary facilities for commercial ventures.

Marketing for Temporary or (Re)Movable Barricades

How many times have you driven down the street where road construction was taking place and seen those massive concrete barriers that require days to move, put in place and days more to remove? Imagine if a one or two man crew could easily come in and build those barricades in well under a day and move them around as needed without even interrupting traffic any more than normal construction does, much less having to shut down virtually the entire road project while the barricades are moved often no greater distance than a single lane? Imagine how many temporary blockades are erected for special events where government agencies spend literally tens of thousands of dollars placing temporary barricades to route traffic, keep out onlookers and protect VIPs or other prominent persons? Now imagine all of that could be done by a mere one or two man crew, done in shorter time frames at a greatly reduced cost. Such is the setup of the QuikBlox® that this is not only possible but possible to establish today.

We hope to use our connections within the local and national governments to propose just such a use for our products. While this particular marketing effort will likely have to wait until the secondary production facility has been completed, it is worthy to note that there is a great market for this and the prices would actually be substantially cheaper than current methods already in place. It is our belief that this would be a very lucrative market for both the Corporation as well as for QuikBlox®.

Marketing for Subdivisions and Multiple Unit Construction

The success of subdivisions in the Philippines is mixed and as such is not a long-term means for producing a consistent, renewable string of sales but it should prove a sufficiently lucrative market to finance the high-end and luxury homes that, while again, do provide for a less-immediate ROI, do provide the potential for a rate of ROI that makes it an avenue well worth approaching. Subdivisions are also an excellent location to provide training and education to people willing and capable of learning about more sustainable methods that will be used in a great many of these projects including the use of Fuel Cell technologies, Water Condensation and Purification Units, Natural Gas production and trapping from waste re-utilization and organic matter and other methods that will allow us to create communities wholly off the grid. (Such work to be done in close cooperation with the University of North Carolina, Durham, the University of Miami and others with whom we are already working or who have expressed an interest in working with us and/or underwriting projects for the purposes of the introduction of new technologies and other research and development concerns) The people who proved to be exceptionally capable in such areas could then be properly vetted and used in areas such as the luxury resorts and other areas of “high-importance”.

Marketing for the Construction and Sales of Luxury Homes

One of the slower but more profitable ventures will include the construction of luxury homes in the Philippines. While it is not expected that these homes will be sold quickly, they can be built quite literally at cost and sold for full-retail value allowing for a greater return on any monies invested. (Crews and workers still have to be paid the same as they would be on a paid construction project for a client) Suitable lots are located in great quantity in and around large, urban centers where such homes are more readily marketed and sold. While such an effort will not provide long-term income in and of itself, it will provide the occasional cash-influx needed in a sufficient quantity to allow for expansion of the primary and secondary interests of ACT – Advanced Construction Technologies. There is additional potential both throughout the Philippines and New Zealand where islands are inexpensive. These can be built up with luxury homes “sanctioned off” from the local residents needed and with the addition of an airport and a marina could be built at cost and sold for a very large margin of profit.

Marketing for the Construction, Management and Long-Term investment in Luxury Island Homes, Resorts and Golf Courses

We actually have most of what we need in place to undertake such a project now but do not see this as a viable starting point and moreover, attempting this level of financing is going to require substantially more than a simple ROI but we do see it as a viable program for future development. The last decade has seen a virtual explosion of Golf Tourism throughout SE Asia primarily in Malaysia but there is certainly room for expansion and growth. What seems to be the primary setbacks with Philippine is the lack of any world-class golf courses coupled with the less-than-stellar levels of service and quality restaurants, hotels and amenities. Given the integrated and cooperative efforts of what will become a literal incorporation of interests, all of these challenges can easily be overcome in an estimated five-year period. If “smaller” luxury homes and multiple home-sites are created first, such an effort could potentially be internally financed further increasing profit margins.

Business Financial Interests and Concerns

The current amount under consideration is a sum of One-hundred and twenty-five thousand ($125,000) USD. The current exchange rates at the time of this writing are 43.00 PhP (Philippine Pesos) per 1 USD (United States Dollar) and all figures are based on an exchange rate of 43-1 and information regarding items, equipment and purchases is based on available items from AyosDito.ph and Sulit.com.ph at the time of writing. While such items may not be available at the time negotiations come to a successful conclusion, comparisons have been made in order to insure that any and all budgeted amounts are sufficient to provide at least the most basic of all equipment. All financial records will be updated at the conclusion of every business day and books will be open to audit by authorized personnel at any time onsite during business hours or online through the office by request.

$40,000 AUD Budget and Expenses

Cost PhP

Cost AUD

Item

Link to Sample

Item Details

850,000

$21,250

Boom Truck

http://www.ayosdito.ph/Boom+Truck+4HG1+Engine+2+3T+3Sec+ISUZU+NKR-7581857-1.htm

Given the weight of the QuikBlox® construction materials and the need to unload and load them with minimal crews, a boom truck is the best bet. An ideal solution would be to have a boom truck in addition to a “ten-wheeler” which has a larger load capacity and this will be an eventual goal but for startup purposes alone, it is believed that a Boom Truck will be more than sufficient for local needs. Options for shipping in bulk are currently under consideration but have not been finalized as of yet. Refurbished Imports from Japan are generally better maintained and ready for work than used vehicles purchased locally. While the initial cost is a bit greater, maintenance costs and lost production are greatly reduced.

50,000

$1250

Scaffolding (20 Sets)

http://www.olx.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/38384762/Brand+new+Scaffolding+B.I+%26+G.I?referralKeywords=scaffold&event=Search+Ranking,Position,1-7,7

While twenty pieces of scaffolding may seem excessive, it only has an extended reach of 1.7 meters and even a single story residence or a single-story commercial building will have an interior height of 3 meters. Given the speed of construction and the potential need to have roofers in place and working at the same time as outside crews are working, this is deemed to be a viable necessity and something which should speed construction and help to increase profits.

40,000

$1,000

Cement Mixer

Cement Mixer Continued

http://www.olx.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/38021601/Cement+concrete+mixer+for+sale?referralKeywords=concrete+mixer&event=Search+Ranking,Position,1-11,11

Ideal Solutions would include a truck such as this – http://www.olx.ph/index.php/view+classifieds/id/38351246/japan+surplus+trucks+concrete+mixer?referralKeywords=concrete+mixer&event=Search+Ranking,Position,1-1,1

While this would be a preferable solution and a short term goal of the company to purchase, it is not an immediate need.

The cement mixer is going to be much quicker and ultimately cheaper than hiring people merely to mix concrete for foundations and for the footers where more full construction is necessary. Efforts are underway to locate second-hand equipment in this category but such efforts are difficult without knowing for sure whether or not the funding will ultimately become available. Should second-hand equipment be found, additional funds will be added to the general fund to cover fuel, salaries, materials, equipment and other expenses as would be expected in any business venture.

200,000

$5,000

Assorted Hand Tools

N/A

Concrete trowels, shovels, wheelbarrows, drills, wrenches, tool belts, gloves and other equipment necessary to do the work at hand.

24,000

$600

Generator

N/A

Any generator from 5KW to 8KW capacity so that it can run any items that require a dead-short to ground. Such equipment should be purchased new here in order to insure that no motors have been incorrectly wound and outputs are steady and correct including voltage and amperes.

100,000

$2,500

Office Equipment

N/A

Desks, Chairs, Scanner, Printer, Phone equipment and other assorted equipment necessary for the establishment of a business office including hookups and connections of Internet and any necessary utilities.

20,000

$500

Welder

N/A

The welder will be necessary for general construction and also for the purposes of maintenance, specialized construction efforts and even in regards to the roofing and trusses in keeping in line with the themes of “Western Style-Comforts” and “Safe and Secure, Typhoon-Proof” housing.

100,000

$2,500

Trike” Motorized Tricycle with Flatbed

N/A

These particular motorized trikes are a bit different than the normal trikes used for carrying passengers. They have what is for all intents and purposes a truck bed on the back allowing for small amounts of supplies, tools, equipment and even personnel to be hauled around locally at a substantially reduced cost of the trucks or even commercial vehicle rentals.

These bikes have the additional benefit of running on biodiesel and getting substantially better gas mileage than the more traditional trikes.

20,000

$500

Business License and Permits

N/A

Business License requirements, insurance and other fees that may be associated with establishing a new LLC in Tacloban.

Total Budget PhP

Total Budget AUD

 

Amount Alloted to Corporation General Fund

Purpose of General Funding

1,364,000

$34,100

 

$4,900 AUD or P196,000

All Monies in the general funds will be accounted for and any expenses duly recorded in detail on a daily basis. About the most “outrageous” expenditures will be the occasional lunch for a potential client. All books and accounting will be made available to the grantors on a daily basis though early on in the day, the expenses for that day may not have been tallied at the time the books are sent. There will be no “generalizations” included such as entries like “Stipends”

The general fund will be used for office expenses including utility bills, salaries, some software that may be necessary for construction design and other expenses associated with the daily costs of conducting business anywhere. All records for monies spent out of the General Fund will be accounted and tracked daily and receipts provided where possible.

(There are times and occasions when receipts or at least official receipts will not be available when conducting business in the Philippines … some examples include hiring a trike to take laborers to a job site or other minor expenses as a rule)

 

 

Profit Margins on Construction and Sales

Contract negotiations are currently underway but without any assurances of funding on my end, the owner is reluctant to discuss too much in the way of details regarding pricing. Another present concern is going to be reflected in the cost of shipping materials between Naga City and Tacloban until such a time as the sales in the Tacloban region merit the installation of a new Production and Research and Development facility in addition to the sales and work office there. Pricing on Construction will likely be a set price based on the size and difficulty level of the building under construction with allowances made for any added services that may have to be contracted out and any delays that may occur as a result of general labor issues and temporary workers such as those digging pits for septic tanks or trenches for footers until such a time as more equipment can be purchased to complete some of the added work and a smaller, more efficient labor force can be hired full-time.

In regards to sales, prices will necessarily be higher at first as all materials will have to be shipped from Naga City in the Bicol Region of the Philippines to Tacloban and even then, be transported once from the docks to the offices and yet again when being delivered to the clients. A sufficient number of sales contracts with the Red Cross and/or the United Nations Relief Agency may very well necessitate the inclusion of a new production facility within Tacloban proper. This would also give the corporation direct access to docks that would give us a more direct route to locations throughout the Southern Philippines thus effectively expanding our market and potential customer base. Additional outside parties are also looking at an infusion of funding for the purposes of Research and Development with local materials and supplies utilizing similar technology.

Contractor Work and Pricing

A large portion of our actual work in the field is seen as being “Contract” work in order to work more closely in the rather chaotic realm of disaster reconstruction that is currently underway in Tacloban. We foresee a time in the near future where we have a sufficient number of trained personnel to handle most contract jobs. Contract jobs may include being hired merely to install septic systems, roofing, the actual construction of a building built using QuikBlox® technology, the installation of alternative electrical or other matters as more people are trained and new endeavors are undertaken as research and development mature opening up new fields. Additional Contract work will also become more readily available as the company expands and more equipment is purchased and more jobs can be competitively bid on. Contractor pricing is generally set up so that a certain worker in a certain field is billed to the customer at a flat daily rate. In the Philippines, general laborers in an economically stable environment earn an average of P250 (or about $6.25 AUD) per day. The average booking fee is P100 (or about $2.50 AUD) per day. The more skilled a person is, the more skill that the jobs require the more the booking fee will increase. Heavy Equipment generally “books out” or costs a client P2,500 (or about $62.50 AUD) per day (plus fuel and oil) while the operator may “book out” at roughly P1000 (or $25 AUD) per day. What is not known here is exactly how the pricing will fluctuate in Tacloban at this time.

 

Business Pricing – Variations in Disaster Zones and Shipping

One factor that is often overlooked is the fluctuation of prices in areas directly impacted by disasters. Some business interests will naturally prosper while others will inevitably perish and those that are capable os staying in business will face an increasing challenge in drastic fluctuations and variations in pricing. Given the recent devastation in the Tacloban area it is believed that food, construction supplies and labor will be in very high demand and as such will require adjustments in the pricing and business modeling structures in accordance with the local business environment. The difficulties become more prevalent when the fact that all of the unique construction materials are going to have to be imported until such a time as the details can be worked out for the establishment of an extended, larger production facility including a division for Research and Development can be established at the local level.

Due to the instability and unsustainable lumber and timber production in the Philippines, plywood of any use is already costing somewhere between thirty AUD and fifty AUD (1500 to 2000PhP) for a single sheet. Plywood homes are almost certainly a thing of the past. The two most commonly available options are bamboo and hollow block, neither of which offer the same protections afforded by the QuikBlox® Construction. These already-inflated prices are only going to be worse in an area recently hit by disaster such as Tacloban where virtually all materials will be at a premium cost. Additional concerns in the Tacloban region specifically include the costs of food and labor as both will be necessary expenditures and highly inflated due to the recent disaster.

In regards to the initial pricing will also be inflated but not so much due to the disaster and otherwise “normally” inflated prices in disaster regions. This additional cost at first will be due to the increased costs in shipping and delivery of the blocks. When local production facilities are fully operational, prices should be greatly reduced and an existing market will already be in place for intense testing of new product technologies in real-world environments. Add this to a greatly decreased cost and in post-disaster construction, QuikBlox® should be fairly competitive with “normal” construction even in the realm of full retail sales.

Business Pricing For Sales and Materials

Pricing for the sales of QuikBlox® and related materials is going to be dependent upon numerous factors, some of which are not readily calculable at the moment. With the current state of disrepair of the docks, marinas and other facilities in the Tacloban Region, while we can look at standard shipping costs, there are costs that will have to be factored in for each shipment individually. At this point in time all of the docks and infrastructure within the Tacloban region are facing a situation that literally changes on a daily basis. One dock may be open for one day and all shipping may be required to offload at a completely different location that requires a longer drive and thus, increased (or decreased) costs to shipping. All of the costs associated with shipping have to be factored in and as such, at this point in time, the bottom line numbers may very well be adjusted per shipment. If there is a sufficient level of consistency in the prices of transport from the Naga City area to Tacloban, fixed prices can be set for all materials until such a time as the production facilities can be established within Tacloban proper.

Business Pricing in Construction Efforts

There are … as was mentioned previously, some difficulties inherent in working in areas where disaster relief is under way. Not the least of these concerns is a highly fluid economic situation that can see costs greatly increased or even decreased on what is often a daily basis. Since most all of the homes built using the QuikBlox® technology are custom homes by their very nature, it is likely going to be set up so that a fixed amount is added to the estimated cost of construction materials and labor so as to provide a fixed rather than a percentage based profit margin.

Initial payments for all construction jobs will be required that provide a sufficient level of funds for the actual purchase of materials and supplies with the balance being due upon completion of any construction projects. Larger jobs will require a depostit that will cover enough materials to complete the initial phases of construction along with sufficient funds to pay for salaries and other costs of business until such a time as further stages of construction are underway. Those customers willing to pay the entire amount in advance will be capable of receiving a discounted rate likely to be based in the neighborhood of ten percent which would decrease the profit margin but also still allow for variations that may arise due to unforeseen difficulties with a job, delays due to rain or other natural obstacles. Legal counsel would be retained with a base retainer fee to deal with clients who may be unwilling or unable to pay overdue accounts. While it is not foreseen that this would be an issue and certainly not an issue based on the building's construction, such circumstances do arise and it is necessary to be prepared as much for the “bad” as it is to expect the “good”.

 

Business Pricing for Purchasing Construction Materials (Other than QuikBlox®)

As was previously noted, moving into disaster relief areas does present something of a challenge in regards to stocks and supplies especially when it comes to building and construction materials that are an integral part of the process of rebuilding lives, infrastructure and even entire communities. In order to best prepare for temporary or even permanent increases in pricing, most goods needing to be purchased by suppliers that are not more carefully regulated will be granted a “variance” in the job proposal in order to allow for any fluctuations in price. Materials will be billed in accordance with the prices of the day with that variance but efforts will be made (though slowly given the relatively small general fund that will be available in the beginning and due in part to issues of security and the potential for theft) to maintain an adequate supply on site for most “normal” sized jobs.

Business Competition

Certain aspects of the business such as the construction will have numerous “competitors” who are out to gain a share of the very lucrative market of rebuilding after disaster has struck. Given the unique nature of the products offered by QuikBlox® and the fact that they are only available from a single location, this is actually encouraged and the more work that our construction and contractors “take away” from us in regards to construction, the more we profit in direct sales and the more we can focus our efforts (and profits) on other areas of research, development and staying always at least three steps ahead of any of our potential competitors who would otherwise focus on trying to undercut our exclusive product market. Since all of the QuikBlox® Integrated Construction Technologies are patented in both the US and the Philippines we can retain a tight control on our competition should we ever run shy of work which is not something that is viewed to be a major concern. While other people may be able to match the construction style and perhaps even the style of blocks used, we do not believe that the strength or the protective capabilities of the QuikBlox® will ever be wholly challenged.

Business Competition in Sales

When it comes to sales, it will be a long time before we have any real competition at all. While some other companies may mimic the concept of design, there are not any companies that we can foresee utilizing the same methods of production or coming up with similar products with the same tensile strength, weather resistance and safety measures behind the QuikBlox® technology. It is very likely that we will get a great many competitors in price but it is very uncertain that any of them will ever be able to stand up to a side-by-side testing. Given the access of our people to labs, scientists, researchers, designers and engineers, we really do not see any real competition in the arena of product sales.

Business Competition in Construction

As was previously noted, there is going to be a great deal of competition when it comes to the construction aspect of our business. Such is not a detriment to us but actually strengthens our business insofar as we are the sole provider of the QuikBlox® building materials and with others doing the construction work, they will finance the research and development of a constantly evolving product line that will forever remain not only competitive but unparalelled in the realm of safety and solid, comfortable residential and commercial construction. We can honestly say that we look forward to training as many people as we can to work with our products and giving us both the time and resources necessary to expand our product line and services.

Corporate Innovation, Research and Development

We have had some interesting feedback from people like Paul Cayley regarding research and development of blocks, construction materials and even building techniques as well as some great interest in design experimentation and complete “off-the-grid” solutions. While none of these people are willing to fund the initial efforts, they do seem to be willing of working with others insofar as the contribution of matching funds to aid in the research and development of new technologies, combinations of old technologies and an entire range of innovative and potentially life-saving concepts. While I am not at liberty to disclose many of the details, those are among the most promising works considering Research and Development in the early stages as the secondary production facilities are being built and the Research and Development facilities are included.

Isolated “Off-the-Grid” Building Solutions

A great deal of controversy surrounds “public” utilities and the integration of alternative power resources being “plugged into the grid”. Some of this is due to the complexities of such a process and other concerns about whether or not it would be compatible. Our approach is to build fully “modern” housing completely isolated from the grid whereby alternative energy resources were the only power sources and there was no need to tie into the existing infrastructure at all avoiding all of the controversy.

Construction and Disaster Mitigation

Typhoon-proof and Earthquake-resistant housing are noble goals in and of themselves but there is much more that can be done to prevent much of the devastation that results from natural disasters. The technology used in the QuikBlox® was originally used in the construction of the Suez Canal and as such, it can be used to mitigate both property loss and the loss of life in the event of natural disasters in many different forms. Seawalls are certainly nothing new but there are methods currently under development to create a series of “baffles” in areas prone to tsunamis, barriers that will divert and lessen the impact of mud flows during landslides and a great many other uses where construction and the QuikBlox® technology can be effectively used for disaster mitigation to avoid much of the destruction in the first place.

Not-For-Profit Funding and Expansion

One of the primary focuses of this corporation will be the creation of a Philippine-based Not-For-Profit that will be used for the development of many different programs in cooperation with an amazing and diverse group of experts from around the world. While that in and of itself may not seem very “innovative” at first glance, many of the programs being pursued have never been tested before. Proceeds from the profits of the corporation will be used to fund the Not-For-Profit and assist in the growth and development of a great many different fields of research.

 

Improved Construction Materials

While the concept of new and improved construction materials does not surprise me, the source of this one did. If and when we are able to get the Research and Development set up we have some people who are interested in exploring different technologies regarding concrete, prestressing and the addition of organic and non-organic matter into the construction materials in order to create even stronger and often lighter construction materials.

Integrated Agricultural Systems

QuikBlox® are uniquely designed and produced so as to be equally efficient underwater as they are in more traditional construction uses above ground or below ground. While swine-breeding pens and tilapia tanks are a portion of the targeted sales demographic they are not the only agricultural issues that will be developed through the use of the QuikBlox® technology. Aquaponics or vertical farms on top of fish “tanks” (generally large tanks for tilapia or other readily grown “fish for food”) are wholly self-sustaining environments and can help to increase crop productions to viable, single-family levels even in restricted spaces. The utilization of QuikBlox® to trap (and release) heat will also be explored for more efficient solar water heating systems and for their potential in gardening and utilizing rainwater by trapping it and “automatically” watering crops through drip systems and using other techniques.

Inland Waterways, Dams, Irrigation and Drainage

This is another one of those areas where at first glance, there does not really seem to be anything at all innovative in regards to such “regular” features but in the third world, such designs are rare and rarer still effectively installed and maintained. In addition there are a great many instances where waterways, aquifers, creeks, streams and even rivers need to be rerouted either termporarily or permanently. The QuikBlox® technology is uniquely suited to such projects and while some research is needed to provide solutions to the great many uses, this is indeed an area where a great deal of research work will be conducted for both environmental restoration and the prevention of environmental and ecological disasters.

Disaster Mitigation

This is one of those areas where there is a vast deal of research to conduct but the results can and should be directly beneficial to the business itself. While general building construction is quite easily accomplished with the QuikBlox® building materials, these types of construction are unique and will require proper installation by well-trained company employees. Some of the areas of interest are in baffled, underwater “seawalls”, creative landscaping designs to divert and pacify mudslides, for the creation of “mobile” irrigation systems, dams and to prevent erosion, disaster-resistant housing and much more.

Large Scale “Off the Grid” Communities and Micro-Communities

Among our most ambitious projects and programs is the development of fully self-sustaining communities. There are a great many prospects out there but the one thing that seems to be missing is any efforts to actually, physically and corporeally build a community. One benefit of this would be the buildings needed in such a community and being the only one building with the QuikBlox® technology at cost, we would be able to gain the building contracts without presenting any contestable conflicts of interest. Papers would have to be filled out in accordance with the NFP by-laws and the Philippine SEC to justify the internal awarding of bid contracts but since all other people would have to acquire the building materials from us anyhow and we will be hiring many of the local area contractors who would otherwise be bidding on the jobs as well, this should be both profitable and without much in the way of objections from other interested parties. While building the community is substantially larger than this corporation alone, this will still be the primary focus of the NFP established here in the Philippines.

Innovation in Building Design and Agricultural Integration

Window Farms, the utilization of Bay Windows as makeshift greenhouses and other methods for growing gardens indoors have been around for a while but very few people have accomplished anything more than a handful of tomatoes and certainly not sufficient quantities to be considered sustainable by any stretch of the imagination. By integrating the agricultural aspects into the actual construction of the home, it is hoped that we can increase the levels of agricultural inside of a home to support the estimated occupants of the house. While there have been quite a few propositions put forth, none have been fully tested as of yet. Water heating systems run by solar energy and built directly into the home is also one of the many integrated, in-home systems being considered for homes and even commercial buildings built with the QuikBlox® technology.

 

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