A few weeks ago, we mentioned the strong flat pack prefabs designed by AndrÃ©s 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.
The manufacturer has several different housing solutions, although this AndrÃ©s 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?
Media credits: Â© InnoVida Holdings, LLC.