Health and Safety: Natural disasters are occurring nearly five times as often as they were in the 1970s. Flooding and mega-storms were the leading cause of disaster from 2000-2010, and there is growing evidence that warming temperatures are increasing the destructive force of hurricanes. With increased likelihood and destruction of these super storms, there comes a need for better temporary housing.
Article – DH1: Instant Housing and Designing for Disaster http://www.wired.com/2007/11/gallery-instant-housing/
- Designed by Architect Gregg Fleishman
- The DH1 Disaster House is constructed with slotted exterior grade plywood
- Uses tabs to fit together without fasteners or other hardware.
- Small pieces: can be transported without cranes, forklifts or other industrial equipment, which are often scarce during disasters.
- Unit sits 30 inches off the ground to avoid water damage in areas that have been flooded.
- Materials used allow DH1 modules to be integrated and used as a permanent solution for neighborhoods.
Potential Stakeholders include:
- Product Manufacturers
- Lumber Industry
- Members of at-risk regions/neighborhoods
- Representatives of transportation measures
- Government Agencies
The next three stages in deploying this technology could be:
- Assess drawbacks and fine-tune product for use; research alternative material options
- Forge partnerships with institutions to demonstrate technology to at-risk regions and their local governments
- Develop a funding mechanism to provide structures to at-risk regions, focusing first on developing countries
http://www.greggfleishman.com/structures.html Gregg Fleishman Structures