Green Home Building and Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable architecture is an exciting and important field, with many people reviving traditional methods of building and others creating innovations to established practices. Kelly Hart, webmaster of the popular website www.greenhomebuilding.com, posts text and photos featuring what he discovers from around the world.

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Kelly Hart has been involved with green building concepts for much of his life. He has also worked in various fields of communication media, including still photography, cinematography, animation, video production and now website development. Kelly has lived in an earthbag/papercrete home that he built and consults about sustainable building design.

November 26, 2007

Earthbag Building in Haiti

I spent several hours working on this project page: http://earthbagbuilding.com/projects/haiti.htm

I think it really is one of the best yet, because it shows the entire project from foundation to finish work on a simple home that would appeal to most people around the world; it was created by poor Haitians who had no prior experience; and it was done in a manner that I could easily recommend for others to follow. I think this really shows how earthbag building can really work for people throughout the world.

The house itself is a simple design (with some interest because it is an L shape) and was accomplished without any buttresses. Once finished it is nearly indistinguishable from their customary cement block homes, except that the walls are thicker...and it will be more comfortable to live in I am sure.

This home was built at Pwoje Espwa in Southern Haiti, where Father Marc has dedicated his life to serving and helping suffering children. This project not only houses over 700 children, but has an agricultural project, three schools, carpentry and masonry facilities, and an arts and crafts program. They have many ideas to help the Haitian economy and people living there. Because they are a non-profit, and are continuously struggling with funding, I encourage you to visit their website (www.freethekids.org) and consider making a donation to their cause.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Amanda said...

I found your site after googling "sustainability," and was pleased to see such innovative building methods. I am a first-year architecture student attending the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, and our class started a project to raise awareness about urban sprawl and bad design. We named our group "Project Outrage" and began an online petition to demand attention to urban planning and new developments. I am providing the link to our declaration in hopes that you or your readers will get involved. Thank you!
Amanda Craig

Here is the link:
http://theslowhome.com/blog/declaration/
We also have a facebook group:
Project Outrage

12:30 AM  
Blogger Paige'sPage said...

My name is Paige, and I moved down to Haiti last June to volunteer at the orphanage Father Marc established back in 1998. He is an avid reader of your blog, and we have had many conversations on your various posts during our morning coffee conversations. He was very excited to see that you appreciated his project enough to dedicate a blog post to it. However, when I read it, I was slightly disappointed to see that his main mission was not mentioned.

Father Marc has dedicated his life to serving and helping the suffering children in Southern Haiti. Pwoje Espwa, our project, does not only house over 700 children, but has an agricultural project, three schools, carpentry and masonry facilities, and an arts and crafts program. We have many big ideas (as you saw through the earth bag house) to help the Haitian economy and people living here. Because we are a non-profit, and are continuously struggling with funding, my disappointment lied in the fact that our website was not accessible from your blog post. If you would be so kind as to link our website, www.freethekids.org, to our earth bag post, hopefully somebody out there will be moved enough to help our cause.

Thank you again for making Father Marc's day, and helping to support our children.

Best Wishes,

Paige

8:55 AM  

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