Sustainable Konbit shelter replaces home destroyed by Haiti earthquake

August 4, 2017 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on Sustainable Konbit shelter replaces home destroyed by Haiti earthquake

Many Haitians are still trying to rebuild their lives seven years after a powerful earthquake devastated much of the country . Thankfully, organizations like Konbit Shelters are helping local communities build sustainable homes that are designed to be resilient against future natural disasters. The Konbit team has just finished work on House Louisana, a multi-family home built by locals with a variety of locally-sourced, sustainable materials . Located in the community of Cormiers, House Louisana was built in collaboration with the local community, along with Oficina Design and the Heliotrope Foundation . The home was built for Mama Louisana and her extended family, who lost everything in the deadly 2012 earthquake. The family has been living in a temporary shelter every since. Related: Konbit Super-Adobe Shelters are Helping a Rural Haitian Village Rebuild In order to rebuild a space secure enough for her and her extended family, the design team chose to go with locally-sourced materials with strong, resilient qualities. Local guadua bamboo was the main building material, and was used in the structure’s supports and roof. Earth and natural fibers were used to create the walls, implementing the local practice of “bahareque” or constructing with natural mud or earth . The design aesthetic was cultivated in accordance with the local Haitian vernacular, including a double-pitched roof, open-air front porch, and plenty of outdoor space surrounding the home for socializing. On the interior, a central patio is surrounded by the living room, bedrooms and a kitchen. Since there is no electricity, windows and open cutouts were placed around the home for optimal natural light and air circulation. The high, inverted ceiling also aids in air circulation. On the exterior, the roof’s eaves jut out over the home considerably in order to distribute rain away from the main living area and porch during tropical rain storms. The low-tech, but efficient features used in the project were taught to the crew of local builders who helped with the project so they can be implemented in future sustainable constructions in the area. The home was built in just four months and was funded by a Kickstarter campaign. + Konbit Shelters + Oficina Design Images via Oficina Design

View original here: 
Sustainable Konbit shelter replaces home destroyed by Haiti earthquake

Architectural Association School of Architecture bamboo workshops in Haiti teach post-disaster construction techniques

December 17, 2015 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Architectural Association School of Architecture bamboo workshops in Haiti teach post-disaster construction techniques

The AA School is working with Quisqueya University , the Wynne Farm and ARUP through short workshops to design and build architectural projects contextualized for the climate of the Caribbean and the cultural vernacular of Haiti using bamboo. The country is plagued by a lack of lightweight materials in the built environment, the legacy of disastrous deforestation, and bamboo is a solution to the building supply shortage as well as the damaged ecology. Read the rest of Architectural Association School of Architecture bamboo workshops in Haiti teach post-disaster construction techniques

Read the original: 
Architectural Association School of Architecture bamboo workshops in Haiti teach post-disaster construction techniques

iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand

December 24, 2013 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand

3D printing is great for homes because it can let you print just about any plastic object you crave. But in Haiti, which is still recovering from a devastating earthquake , the technology has a more urgent application: 3D-printing medical supplies on demand . Vital community resources in Haiti are still very often in low quantities or missing altogether, but the new iLab Haiti project aims to use 3D-printing to solve some of the country’s immediate medical needs. Read the rest of iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: 3d print , 3D printed humanity mission , 3D printed medical supplies , 3D printing , 3d printing relief project , advanced fabrication , Ashley Dara , Filabot , good will , green technology , Haiti Communitere , haiti earthquake , Haiti Earthquake relief , helping people , Humanity Projects , iLab Haiti , iLab Haiti 3D printed medical tools , KIDMob , makerbot , Makerbot Replicator , plastic , plastic printing , vital resources        

Original post: 
iLab Haiti Relief Project 3D-Prints Direly Needed Medical Supplies On Demand

Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

July 12, 2013 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

Read the rest of Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , bamboo shelter , carol halbert , designing for disasters , disaster , Disaster Relief , eco design , emergency shelter , green architecture , Green Building , green design , haiti earthquake , humanitarian design , humanitarian relief efforts , reciproboo , reciproboo shelter kit , reciprocal frame , shaun halbert , shelter , Sustainable Building , sustainable design , temporary shelter , TENT        

Read the original post:
Reciproboo: A Simple Reciprocal Bamboo Frame Emergency Shelter

SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

January 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Eco, Green

Comments Off on SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

Read the rest of SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption , earthquake reconstruction , eco church , eco design , green architecture , Green Building , green design , green renovation , haiti , haiti earthquake , Nouvelle Cathédrale Notre Dame de l’Assomption , port-au-prince , scf architects , scf arquitectos , Sustainable Building , sustainable design

Read more here: 
SCF Arquitectos Unveils Plans to Restore Earthquake-Devastated Cathedral of Our Lady of the Assumption in Haiti

New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

January 31, 2013 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

A new silicon-based solar panel which utilizes holographic foil is reported to be nearly twice as efficient as standard panels. Referred to as a “game-changing technology,” the panels were developed by the Dresden-based Apollon GmbH&Co.KG and Solar Bankers LLC from Arizona. The technology is based on holographic optics which allow the new solar modules to be manufactured at a much lower cost than conventional solar panels. Read the rest of New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “clean energy” , “energy efficiency” , Apollon GmbH & Co.KG , concentrated photovoltaic technology , green technology , holographic solar panels , silicon-based solar panels , Solar Bankers LLC , solar cell efficiency , solar holographic optics , solar panels , Solar Power , solar technology

Read more here:
New Solar Module Uses Holographic Foil to Create Cheaper, More Efficient Panels

How Good Design and Building Codes Saved Lives During Chile’s Earthquake

March 1, 2010 by  
Filed under Green

Comments Off on How Good Design and Building Codes Saved Lives During Chile’s Earthquake

This past Saturday, the world awoke to yet another horrific natural disaster, an 8.8 magnitude earthquake right off the coast of Chile near Concepcion . It’s only been 2 days since the deadly quake and the death toll has already risen to over 700 . However in comparison, the Haiti earthquake (which measured 7.0 on the Richter scale) was 500 times less powerful than the one last Saturday but over 250,000 people were killed.

See the rest here: 
How Good Design and Building Codes Saved Lives During Chile’s Earthquake

Bad Behavior has blocked 1339 access attempts in the last 7 days.