Gallery The TERRAPOD 1
Gallery The TERRAPOD 1
March 2021
Headquarters N52, Killua, Co. Westmeath, Ireland

The TERRAPOD - A sustainable foundation and floor system for buildings without the use of concrete

The TERRAPOD is a developed, sustainable & profitable concrete free foundation & floor system for the construction sector. Concrete has served us well for the last century and since world war 2 with the invention of steel reinforced concrete, it has become the most used material in the world. Concrete’s impact on the environment has only come into focus in recent years and its only now we realize an alternative is urgently required due to unfolding climate crisis. Concrete alone, produces 8-11% of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions. Japan is one of the most seismic active regions in the world, over the centuries the Japanese developed the Ishiba-tate building technique (post and beam timber-frame which sits on stone foundations) designed to withstand earthquakes. The Terratonics system takes this ancient Japanese style foundation system "Ishiba-tate" into the 21st century, creating a fast, affordable and sustainable building system

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Key features

  • Compressive strength 2 times that of concrete
  • Tensile strength 5 times greater than concrete
  • The smallest model has been load tested to 40 tonnes without failure
  • Reduces carbon emissions by 90%
  • Reduces water consumption in foundations by 100%
  • Reduces sand usage by 100%


  • Potential to reduce costs by up to 27% per average semi detached house
  • Up to 10 times faster to build when compared to traditional concrete strip foundations
  • Reduces site deliveries by up to 75%

Maturity Stage

  • Medium and large scale commercialization
  • Small scale commercialization
  • Initial market commercialization
  • Prototype testing in the real world
  • Prototype testing 1:1 in the lab

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