Enviro Vida Community Dwellings

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Enviro Vida Community Dwellings

MexicoQualicum Beach, Canada
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Idea
Budget: 
< $1,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

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About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The project I have in mind is an alternative green building method which greatly reduces the burden on our forests. It was invented in Austria, and has been successfully utilized in many countries. It creates a building envelope having many desirable qualities which are far superior to wooden buildings, the typical choice of material in B.C. This method is easy, and requires no special tools or electricity to operate them. It also takes much less time to erect homes, install wiring, plumbing, insulation, vapor barrier, etc., thereby creating real savings to home owners through greatly reduced labour costs. The need for maintenance is also much lower than conventional dwellings, and the life expectancy is two to three times (or more) wood frame homes, giving some rest to our forests.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The burden on our forests could easily be reduced by building homes and other structures using this proven method. Our total energy savings from heating and cooling this type of dwelling could then be spent in sectors of our communities that benefit its' citizens, rather than Big Oil, or B.C. Hydro. By implementing manufacturing of the materials used to create this alternative method right here in our province, our carbon footprint would become much lighter as well. Currently, the raw materials are imported from Mexico or southern California, but could easily be manufactured here at home, thereby creating even greater savings on many different levels; transportation costs, and environmental costs, with an added bonus of job creation.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The way that this method of building makes a difference is found in the superior finished product, in comparison to the way homes are made at this time. It's rather like comparing an astronaut to a dinosaur. The characteristics of the finished home using this method and materials far exceed those of conventional housing. The building envelope is vastly stronger, and virtually earthquake and hurricane-proof. It is also fire-proof, and will not rot, create mold or mildew, and cannot be attacked by termites or other insects that can damage our homes. If homes were made in this fashion in the American tornado belt, my feeling is that most of those decimated houses would still be standing. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a single home in a completely demolished neighborhood was photographed intact. It is one that was built using this alternative method. This is made possible by the superior strength and method of building utilized in this well engineered design/material marriage, and is truly a remarkable idea which just simply makes a lot of sense. This method presents solutions on many levels to interconnected problems that are inherent in today's housing fiasco. The Austrian creator of this green building method approached construction from a standpoint of practicality. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, has built houses for Habitat for Humanity in the summer months. With a small crew of five, multiple homes were completed to lock up stage within a week. Homes of this type would be a plus for First Nations that are currently very under served.
Sustainability

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Thus far no one is using this building technique in the province of B.C.
Team

Founding Story

After an extensive search of alternative building materials and techniques, I discovered one that encompassed many of the most desirable aspects of sustainability. The use of panel systems is not new, but the type of panel used in this system is far superior to other SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) made with wood. With this method, homes can be created in much less time, requiring fewer skilled professionals, and are much more permanent. Completed properly, they are even fire-proof, and would emerge unscathed in areas of the province which have been prone to forest fires in the past. They are comfortable in all seasons, and demand less energy to keep them that way. The pressure on our forests is intense, and more of our wilderness areas disappear each year from the voracious demand for lumber and forest products. We could conserve a great many acres of forest by implementing changes in the way we build our homes and other buildings. I believe this is a viable solution.

Comments

Yes, I like your project if the building is made hurricane-proof, then the chances of destruction will be less. The alternative will be for less property damage, if we install impact doors or windows like www.stormguardwindowanddoor.com in our homes that also reduces the property damage. These elegant looking windows are ready for use since quite handy efficiently tested and seen in a variety of models enclosed in hard PVC frames. Many types of windows are there such as pgt windows, siw windows, vinyl windows, etc. available in the market or on the internet.

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