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The proposal goes beyond looking at just the technical challenges alone, and outlines a clear plan for putting together a process that looks at the issue in a holistic fashion.
Great combination of innovative use of resources along with a highly developed program and understanding of what it will take to make it happen.
Creative use of waste materials (especially foam plastics) and targeting of a growing niche market with an energy efficient lower priced home. Approach also seems suited to charities and aid organisations for housing and other buildings, eg health care. Disaster resistance also valuable.
Comments from Judge 1:
Great example of how a high performance building can be accomplished using a low tech approach.
Comments from Judge 2:
You explain a lot of the practical aspects of the approach, but quite a few issues are unclear. For example, the solar hot water service in the picture would not provide much heat in winter in many locations - so is it adequate to provide both space heating and hot water? Also you mention using tap water to cool the walls in summer but then say rain and water are scarce in Lesotho. How much water is needed, and where does it come from? Also, cement can be expensive, as can all the plumbing components you use. Can the poor actually afford this house? The use of waste materials for insulation seems good - does the masonry wall address the fire and pollution risk (when burning) of the scrap plastic foam insulation? How does the need for training of builders compare with other low emission options? I need more evidence to convince me that this approach has potential to succeed in mass markets in poor countries, even though it sounds as though it produces comfortable homes.
May 18, 2016
Thanks for your proposal!
May 18, 2016
Thank you Sarah. Please promote by sharing with your friends.See www.saridweb.org for projects in Seismic zones such as Haiti and Pakistan.
May 22, 2016
What a great way to build in other countries, but why not here in the US - using local resources, by individuals and community groups. Amazing work !
Linda Boardman Liu
Jun 12, 2016
I love that this proposal both satisfies a need for efficient, affordable housing and teaches new skills and techniques in areas of the world that can really benefit, creating knowledge and jobs!
Jun 13, 2016
Hello Javed Sultan, Good luck for your project proposal. Just review and make it completed before meet deadline after tomorrow. Thank you.
Jul 15, 2016
This is great, well done Javed.
Jul 19, 2016
A well-fleshed out approach to energy conservation and green construction for the developing world, with the bonus that almost all of the work can be done by the local population. This unites several different novel construction themes, and early field results validate the concepts. Whether you win the contest or not, I hope your proposal is given a chance to help the world.
Jul 20, 2016
Thank you for your comment. I also see my winning in if I am able to continue my work - and inspiring others to walk along with me, support me and guide me, and take the baton one day. Thank you again.