Low Cost Housing-Bamboo may be the answer-
Taiwanese experts opened a school in Marmelade, (Beauche) Haiti.
Rene Preval, Haiti’s president was born in Marmelade and was instrumental in starting a bamboo (artelier) school there.
The Taiwanese experts taught students to make bamboo furniture and three prototype houses.
The bamboo processing equipment was donated by Taiwan. The Taiwanese experts also encouraged farmers of that region to plant the bamboo as they are now doing in the Domincan Republic. The bamboo prevented erosion in the Marmelade region where the farmers planted it.
Instead of making walls and roof with cement (panels), if you start a bamboo factory in Haiti you will be able to hire women and men to make bamboo panels.
Haitian workers can daub cement plaster onto the bamboo- panels of lattice-work after the bamboo-wall-framework has been installed.
The bamboo in the walls allows strength and flex of the home walls. The roof could be of corrugated metal.
The strength and flexibility of bamboo-framed houses have been proven in previous earthquakes as in Costa Rica. Bamboo-framed houses also stand up to hurricanes well.
Jules Janssen of Eindhoven Technische Universiteit and Pablo van der Lugt of Technische Universiteit, Delft have done much hands-on research into developing building codes for bamboo.
The title of van der Lugt’s book is “Design Interventions for Stimulating Bamboo Commercialization – Dutch Design meets Bamboo as a Replica Model.”
Bamboo meets USA building codes. Architects and designers are building beautiful large bamboo buildings in Hawaii. Bamboo is becoming the rich man’s wood.
Haitians who no longer care to live in the houses which were built in the past can see in a bamboo-framed home that the roof and walls aren’t going to kill them and cause them to have limbs amputated.
On May 13, 2010 Taiwanese officials signed an agreement with the government of the Dominican Republic to start such a factory and school-workshop there.
Would you please be kind enough to read the attached INBAR construction PDF in the link above.
I am a teacher, former health department and agricultural inspector. I read four languages including dutch.
I will be going to teach in Haiti about July 15, 2010
Thank you very much.
Philip Wagner BS in Education