Small Eco Houses are filling a niche in an international housing market that has been unable to fill demand for decades.
The UN has been reporting for decades that over one billion people were living in inadequate housing across the globe. However; two recent trends have boosted the likelihood that inadequate housing supply is being replaced by small eco houses.
First; a broader awareness and deeper involvement globally by governments and civil society to be environmental good stewards was bolstered by last ... Continue
Transitional Shelters are often thought of as a second shelter dispatched in the sequence of building back or reconstruction after a disaster.. For example; many disasters and emergency response systems deploy tents, then transitional shelter (temporary structures), and ultimately a permanent dwelling.
IADDIC’s approach to transitional shelter involves deploying one product at the time of need and building upon that structure to develop permanency.
To achieve permanency, the shelters are hardened with a coating of locally available materials. These materials can be ... Continue
Have you every though about what a basic shelter might look like if a disaster hit your hometown.
For many of us in the US the answer might be a hotel, a relatives home, or an apartment paid for by FEMA while your home was being rebuilt. Chances are your home would be rebuilt and it would probably be pretty much back to a livable condition in not more than a couple of years. Billions would be spent on clean ... Continue
Eco Housing used to conjure up images of housing that was below ground or covered in dirt, remote and off the grid, simple and scant on convenience and luxury.
Some of this may have been true in the past but today it is more important than ever to specify what Eco Housing is because it can impact the way future generation live and the quality of their lives.
With respect to Eco Friendly Homes: never before has man had to consider ... Continue
I have been in several conversations lately regarding sustainable housing materials and I have drawn some new conclusions.
My consultative status with the UN offers a way to hear a vast array of opinions on a lot of subjects. One conversation that is discussed often has to do with opinions over importing modern green building materials or using indigenous green building materials.
Overall it is being said that neither solution is profitable as a sustainable housing solution. In general I agree, but ... Continue
Sustainable Housing carries a broader meaning then just an eco house or green building materials or even green home building. Actually defining sustainable housing is difficult as the terms will have various meanings depending where in the world you live.
Sustainable Housing concepts in the developed world lean heavily on the use of strategies for Sustainable Energy for Homes and carbon footprint. The zero energy building has been all abuzz for some time now. While participating at a UN conference last year there were ... Continue