Lecabanon-haiti

A few weeks ago, we mentioned the strong flat pack prefabs designed by Andrés Duany for Haiti.  That effort is moving forward, and we've been able to catch a photo of a built prototype (see above).  InnoVida Holdings, LLC, manufacturer of the lightweight fiber composite panels used to build the prototype, today announced plans to build a factory near Port-au-Prince and donate 1,000 of these houses to Haiti.  It's a massive endeavor that could lead to the production of 10,000 homes per year and 250 direct jobs in the country. 

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The manufacturer has several different housing solutions, although this Andrés Duany cabin — Le Cabanon — is about 160 square feet and sleeps eight.  With InnoVida Panels, Le Cabanon can be built in a few days with no heavy equipment. 

According to The Miami Herald, which has a video showing NBA star center Alonzo Mourning comfortably standing inside one of these structures, each Haiti Cabin will cost about $3,000 to $4,000 to build.

InnoVida says the fiber composite panel used to build these homes is waterproof and mold- and insect-resistant.  It's also fire-resistant and hurricane tested and approved for winds up to 156 mph.  The 2.5-inch wall panel has an R-value of 14.6, while the 4-inch wall panel has an R-value of 23.7. 

With these numbers, the panel might just catch on in energy-efficient home building circles here in the U.S.  What do you think?

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[+] Learn more about these Haiti housing solutions.

Media credits: © InnoVida Holdings, LLC.