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Eco Housing Report English

Eco Housing Report English



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This report describes the activities and results of the Ecocasas Project executed by STRO in Honduras.
This report describes the activities and results of the Ecocasas Project executed by STRO in Honduras.

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Published by: hydrogenobacter on Feb 13, 2009
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Execution report of the ProjectECOCASAS in Honduras
January 2009
As its main goal, this project aims to
“contribute to the sustainable development by concretely improving the house and its environment, making it comfortable and worthy  for its inhabitants and simultaneously reducing the pressure on the environment suchas the sources of energy and water” 
It intends to do so by building two sample houses in order to “
demonstrate suchhouses to the wider public then to have ample market studies done on a topic hardly known by people” 
As initially intended, the two sample houses were built in Honduras.The conception of the idea for this project is by itself a remarkable contribution to thedevelopment and dissemination of ecological practices in Honduras, which waspossible through the crucial support from TRIODOS Foundation. The development of the concept and design of the compressed earth blocks house was possible due to theremarkable support of RRE Energy and Tjerk Reininga from Bear Architecten. Theimplementation of the project in Honduras took place through the crucial participationof our local partner FUNDEVI (Fundacion para la vivienda social rural y urbana), whoprovided the space necessary to materialize the initial idea of the project, makingremarkable contributions through its invaluable staff and participation. Habitat forhumanity Honduras also played a leading role providing supervision for our first
Quality of walls in the “compressed earth blocks” house before and after STRO’s interventionthrough the use of earth compressed blocks.
Before After 
experience in working with compressed earth blocks, through the participation of itshighly qualified staff.Implementing this project was a very challenging experience in the sense of breakingpre conceptions of traditional cost efficient construction techniques and alternativeprovision of basic services, that have been improved technically in relatively recenttimes, but that have been neglected due to lack of experimentation and dissemination.But the true reward lies on a very enriching experience that took place in terms of discovering, contributing and disseminating our own national knowledge and qualifiedhuman resources on eco housing, as well as international knowledge and practices. Itbrought on the promotion and formation of networks and future sources of work forour local contractors, as well as raising interest of potential users of the diverseelements of eco housing. Through implementation of this project, we were able todiscover how remarkable is the willingness, faith and efforts of our own people to bepart of an experience that involved a certain risk, in the belief that better conditions insocial housing in Honduras can be achieved through the concept of eco housing.
Implementation of the project in Honduras
The project was implemented through two main phases:
Designing the local implementation scheme and website of the project.
Building of the two sample houses
Designing the local implementation scheme and website of the project
Developing this phase implied:
Initial and final stages of thewooden house construction
Before After 
Carrying on research on national and international sources of information,experiences and local contractors on ecological housing, obtaining inputs todefine the technical design of the ecological house in the Honduran context.
Determining the strategy to find a local partner willing to get involved in thebuilding of the houses.Research was carried on through the setting up the project’s website, which wouldcompile national and international sources of information and experiences, includingthat of STRO’s own staff. A thorough research on local institutions, contractors, andacademia, national and international websites was carried on. This website is stillunder construction. As the information was being compiled, the technical design of theecological house to be built in Honduras was shaped around the following technicalelements:
Safe water provision: Rain water harvesting and storage
Walls: use of local materials such as wood or “compressed earth blocks” (animproved version of the traditional building block made out of compressedearth using a machine)
Sewerage: Reusable “aboneras” latrines (a waterless latrine that can be easilycleaned, emptied and reused)
Treatment of disposals from the sewage system: Recycling of water through abio filter, to use for irrigation of crops.
Energy: Use of eco-stoves to reduce use of wood and smoke emission. Use of abiodigestor to generate energy
“The house looks pretty, it feelscooler because of the upperWindows, we are glad to have ahouse of our own, the price seemsreasonable. Now we’re much moresafe from floods. We like the idea of the roof, the cieling providesprotection and security. It would bevery good if FUNDEVI gave moreloans for this type of houses, sincesome neighbours have also liked thehouse very much. We would haveliked it more if the water tank hadbeen raised from the floor, so wecould fill water deposits more easily,in some time, we could add a littlemotor to pump the water up. Thewater tastes good, just like “aguaazul”. We would have also liked alarger surface for the ecostove, so wecould cook more food at once. Verylittle wood is needed in this ecostovein comparison to the “fogon”, goodsavings are made. The house wasbuilt quite fast”.
Wilmer and Julia, the owners of the woodenhouse, subscribing a credit contract withFUNDEVI to finance non ecological elements of the house.

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