Are they energy efficient?

Yes, Blokable units meet current energy codes and are prepared for a project LEED rating. Bloks are built to meet or exceed current energy standards and because each Blok comes with advanced smart home technology, each controls the efficient use of electricity, water, and interior climate. We are installing the most energy efficient systems available today, and constantly developing methods to increase efficiency.

Can I customize the exterior design?

Blokables exteriors come in several carefully selected combinations of materials to make your choices simple, keep your costs low, and ensure a lifetime of durable and timeless aesthetics. If our selections just don’t meet your needs or desires, a Blokable sales associate can guide you through the process of custom selections that work with our construction system.

Do they meet regulatory requirements?

Bloks are built to meet or exceed IBC standards as well as state regulations regarding pre-built factory dwellings.

How long does it take from the time I place an order to installation on site? What site work is required to install?

Bloks are built to order in a factory. Typical “site built” construction delays due of labor, weather and materials shortages can be eliminated through our factory manufacture. On average, factory construction enables a manufactured building to be finished 30% faster than site built construction. Dependent on the site – Blokable has an architectural/planning/engineering in-house support team to support clients in all aspects of their projects.

To how many stories can they stack?

Bloks can be stacked up to 5 stories or over a site built podium. The height depends on which Blokable unit type you are using. We are continually innovating and recommend contacting a Blokable account manager for multi-family buildings to discuss your needs.

What are the options for interior and exterior finishes?

Blokables interiors come in three levels of interior fit and finish; Basic, Mid, Premium. The fastest way to get your Blokable configuration is to pick from one of these levels. Each level is carefully selected materials, appliances, and systems that allow you to finish out a Blokable at the price point that fits your budget. It’s simpler for you and easier for us too. If our selections just don’t meet your needs or desires, a Blokable sales associate can guide you through the process. Blokables exteriors come in several carefully selected combinations of materials to make your choices simple, keep your costs low, and ensure a lifetime of durable and timeless aesthetics. If our selections just don’t meet your needs or desires, a Blokable sales associate can guide you through the process of custom selections that work with our construction system.

What gave you the idea?

Blokable was an idea that our founder couldn’t shake. For years, he’d been fascinated with shipping containers. Here’s a global movement of people turning shipping containers, which are terrible building materials, into shelters, homes, stores, and even shopping malls. Early adopters are always great signals of a nascent product market as they’re willing to do a tedious, specialized work to achieve their goals. He became convinced that the world needed a beautifully designed, safe, and software enabled building that could be ordered and delivered rather than built on site. To achieve this, we’d have to design a building system that could produce different lengths, achieve different square footage, and give customers the ability to create different designs, forms, and price points. The biggest need and where we could provide the most benefit to start was to enable developers to reduce the cost and complexity of building housing.

What problem does Blokable address or solve?

It takes too long and it’s too complicated to build housing. Our whole mission is to empower communities to build their own housing. For developers, our system gives them a competitive advantage, reducing project time which saves huge amounts of money, and giving them a model they can scale.

Our team has worked on challenging and innovative products and technology over the years but leveling access to housing is by far the most exciting. The current built environment is an artificial construct. We’ve designed and built our cities in a very top down manner; it’s trickle-down housing.

Our mission is to make housing accessible and affordable for everyone which means we have a lot of work ahead of us and there will always be more to do. Imagine a world where communities can design and build their own housing in weeks rather than years and where smart home technology is for everyone and integrated into the cities and communities where we live.

What’s the cost per square foot?

Bloks are offered with a wide selection of features and finish levels. Our current offerings price per square foot range from $150 to $300.

Where can I see a demo model?

You can schedule a demo and tour at our factory in Vancouver, WA. To schedule a demo, please contact tours@blokable.com.

Where can you deliver them?

Bloks can be delivered within 1,000 miles of our Vancouver, WA factory.

Where do you build them?

Bloks are built at our manufacturing facilities in Vancouver, WA.

Where do you see the company in five years?

We will continuously simplify the design and installation process for customers and increase the number of units we can build every week. In five years customers there will be much more self-service. Customers will be able to pull 3D Bloks into their own design and modeling tools. Building inspectors will have real-time inspection tools, and Blokable communities will be fully integrated into their cities including transportation and energy, financial, social, and support systems. Imagine a world where a community or a developer buys a plot of land to build a multi-story housing complex. They create the full building layout and get an immediate cost and time estimate for delivery and installation of the project. In a matter of months the project is completed and people and families are moving in. As more housing is needed it can be ordered and delivered. We’ll have to push on regulatory, finance, and land use boundaries to get to a more sustainable way of building but it has already started.

Who is responsible for permits and inspections?

Blokable is responsible for permitting Bloks with state regulatory agencies, and the Blokable architectural/planning in-house support team can assist clients in obtaining permits for site work and local regulatory agencies.

Who’s on your team? What was the thinking behind putting this team together?

We have a great team. There’s no blueprint for what we’re doing so we’ve had to build and tear down our product development process many times. That will continue. We have people on our team with deep industrial design, manufacturing, advanced materials, product management, architecture, building and assembly, software development, city planning, and political experience. Component fabrication, hardware / software integration, regulatory approvals, and manufacturing assembly are all areas of innovation and value creation. Our team brings these disparate disciplines together in a cohesive end-to-end product development and delivery process. More than that though this is a group of people who believe in what they’re doing. Bringing a new idea to market is a lot of work and having the knowledge that our efforts can help struggling people and families brings focus and humility to the entire effort.

Why was the company founded?

While working with Amazon on Amazon Go and Amazon Books, our founder, Aaron Holm started to connect the inefficiencies of custom built architecture and construction with what he was seeing with homelessness and housing affordability in Seattle. There was a huge need for new housing but no new solutions. Every build was a custom job that started from scratch and took many months or years to build even the simplest of projects. The process was incredibly inefficient; like hiring a team of people to take a year to build you a car in your driveway. It seemed obvious that someone needed to build a housing product that could be ordered, built just in time in a factory, delivered on a truck, and installed on site in a matter of months or weeks.