It seems there is hope for Haiti! I’ve been impressed with what I’ve read about President elect Michel Martelly, especially his emphasis on “permanent, prefabricated homes”.
Martelly inherits a massive housing & humanitarian problem, to be sure. Based on my experience with SIPS and concrete block construction in the Caribbean, I believe Martelly can choose either fast or permanent, but not both – and definitely not in his first 100 days.
The answer is Ferrocement. My company, am-cor inc., has developed a proposal which would allow Martelly to permanently house:
- 100,000 people
- in 100 days
- for US $69/person
All using truly safe hurricane & earthquake proof construction, in the form of Ferrocement housing Kits.