Auscrete Corp. (ASCK) is a building products manufacturer of environmentally-friendly, energy-efficient housing and commercial structures using a lightweight hybrid concrete material developed through a proprietary technology. Auscrete’s unique process produces a medium that is cost-efficient, extremely soundproof, offers high insulation values, requires very low maintenance, won’t burn, non-toxic, highly resistant to insects and mold, and resists damage from hurricane forces and earth tremors. It’s a more affordable, energy-efficient “green” construction material that can be utilized for building residential housing and commercial structures.
Affordable homes are increasingly becoming more difficult to purchase in the U.S. with the median price of a new home consistently rising while wages stay stagnant in many areas and mortgage rates rise. The average price of new homes sold in the U.S. in 2017 was nearly $385,000, according to Statista. The homeownership rate in the U.S. has been in decline since 2004, the report states, and now amounts to a little more than 64 percent of Americans.
Auscrete’s lightweight concrete product is described as an aerated concrete material following infusion of a specially designed foaming agent during manufacture. This technology enables the product to have millions of minuscule air bubble “aggregates” introduced and evenly distributed throughout the cast sections, which creates a unique, lightweight product without compromising strength or structural integrity. Each hybrid panel also incorporates a distinctive XPS insulation amalgamation that guarantees greater comfort in a wide range of climatic conditions and a reduction in heating and cooling costs. The final product is a light and strong concrete panel with an extremely high insulation value, as well as excellent fire resistance and sound-proofing qualities.
Auscrete’s product also offers a high strength-to-weight ratio, allowing architects and engineers to develop new design and construction concepts that take advantage of the product’s reduced weight, which is nearly half that of normal concrete. Each panel can be cast in large sections, a common size being 16-feet by 8-feet, for easier transportation and faster construction on site. Savings are enhanced, not only by the energy efficiency of each panel, but through the use of mass production techniques. Auscrete estimates the company can produce a ready-to-move-in turnkey house for around $100 per square foot, which is significantly less than the 2017 median list price of $148 per square foot in the U.S., according to a report by Zillow.
Auscrete is constructing its flagship, 10-acre facility in Goldendale, Washington, on initially 5 acres the company recently purchased with the option to purchase another 5 adjacent acres. This new campus will ultimately comprise of 6 buildings, including 3 production buildings of 25,000 sq. ft. with each production buildings’ capacity of 100 homes annually, giving this flagship facility the ability to produce 300 homes or equivalent commercial structures per year.
During this construction phase, Auscrete has leased a commercial building in Goldendale. The facility will be used as a temporary headquarters and will also serve as a refurbishing station for production equipment the company has developed and used in its prior production plant. John Sprovieri, CEO and founder of Auscrete Corporation, is at the helm of the company with Mike Young serving as vice president of internal operations and Otto Paulette controlling the in-house mechanical services.
Auscrete’s Investor Relations Director, Lee Odom said, “The company’s construction process has already attracted interest from many developers, contractors and builders, some with large tracts of land looking to make available, significant numbers of Affordable Homes throughout the Country. Additionally, there have been significant commercial projects offered including 300 room destination hotel resorts, correctional facilities, a shopping complex, and a court house along with a flood of inquiries from people who are looking for more affordable building options”.
“This could really launch the commercial aspect for ASCK, apart from residential home production which so many investors are not yet aware of,” Odom said. “A strong combination of both will lead ASCK to better performance through all business cycles, thus continuing to enhance the shareholder values, which is always the ultimate goal of Auscrete Corporation.”
- Construction spending in U.S. is projected to exceed $1.42 trillion in 2021
- Homeownership rate in the U.S. continues to decline while median price of new homes sold rose to $384,900
- Lack of affordable housing is termed a “crisis” in communities nationwide
- The company’s energy efficient, lightweight concrete technology is a cost-effective, structurally superior design created for commercial, residential projects