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.