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Ecotec Haiti English

Ecotec Haiti English

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SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION PROJECT EXPLOITING RUBBLE AND NONPERISHABLE WASTE AFTER EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE
Eco-park home ZamoranoTegucigalpa, Honduras (2002).Reserve water tank Calí, Colombia (2008).Retaining wall Río CaucaCalí, Colombia(2008). 
 
 According to the UN, the January 12, 2010earthquake in Haití left over one and a half million people suffering without homes, lacking basicinfrastructure, and facing serious social problems.The objective of the present project is to offer a solution to these problems through training  programs in ECO-TEC sustainable constructiontechniques. Our methods allows the development of a large variety of structural works, such as waterstorage tanks, temporary shelters, warehouses,ecological parks and permanent housing throughmanagement of post-disaster rubble and thetransformation of nonperishable waste like PET bottles, plastic, and tires into constructionsupplies. The ECO-TEC method also addresses social issues through a community engagement  process that trains the people and strengthens community support networks.
INTEGRAL MANAGEMENT OF SOLID WASTE
 When natural disasters like earthquakes occur, oneof the most pressing emergency response issues is providing the population with clean water.Disposable plastic water bottles generate plastic waste, compounding issues of inefficient garbagemanagement and dependence on external resources.The need for management of the large amount of rubble left by collapsed structures is especially critical in urban contexts. The lack of integrallocal strategies for the reuse andtransformation of the large quantities of post-disaster rubble often results in negativeenvironmental and social impacts andinadequate final disposal of the material.
 
Based on sustainability principles, ECO-TEC implements an overallstrategy consisting of engaging local people in an inexpensive self- build ‘autoconstruction’ method of recycling plastic bottles, filling them (with rubble, plastic bags, or dirt), and using bottle-bricks inthe construction and improvement of infrastructures.The ECO-TEC method is advantageous over other constructionsystems, because it does not require qualified labor or sophisticatedmachinery. Our process is an easy-to-learn and easy-to-apply technique in which every person can participate: handicapped persons, seniors, men, women, and children. Our method utilizesreused materials and simple tools which are easy to find immediately surrounding the construction site.Costs are minimal. The ECO-TEC method promotes community involvement during the reconstruction, always based on solidarity and community support network principles. In addition, the ECO-TEC housing construction process allows contribution fromstructural engineers in the design of earthquake-resistant buildingsand the technical implementation of the construction system.
HOUSE AND WALL. CAMPO CIELO. TEGUCIGA LPA,HONDURAS
 
(2005).
Transform rubble intomaterial for construction La Calera, Colombia (2009).

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