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The Hybrid Modular World House

Imagine every family having a solid, long-lasting, light, well-ventilated and affordable home resistant to flood, earthquake and fire.

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EXPLAIN YOUR IDEA

The Hybrid Modular World House addresses the urgent need to improve the basic quality of urban slum housing in a way that dramatically enhances the health, security and life opportunities of the millions who live in such conditions. The World House tackles these challenges at the core by providing an affordable, flexible housing method that is fast to construct using local builders, and resistant to flood, fire, earthquake and pests. Its high insulation qualities offer a dry, comfortable environment in all climatic conditions, immediately enhancing the health, energy and productivity of everyone. The method and materials used for the Hybrid Modular World House also mean that it is also highly flexible in its uses, from basic housing to clinics, schools and even water reservoirs. The Hybrid Modular World House method is based on high density polyurethane foam, a cementious basalt fibre mix layered construction and low profile, double curvature roofing design. This flexible method, enables a variety of core design approaches that are fast and low cost.

WHO BENEFITS?

The immediate beneficiaries are the individual residents and their communities. Durable, dry housing that provides a safe, comfortable environment in all climates, immediately enhances physical health and well-being, opening the way for more attention to productive aspects of daily life from education to productive economic activity. Community cohesion improves at local and regional levels.

HOW DOES YOUR IDEA TAKE INTO ACCOUNT THE CONTEXT OF URBAN SLUMS AND CLIMATE CHANGE?

The Hybrid Modular World House is an enabling tool - to ensure that shelter and security are no longer the primary concerns of daily life - for families, communities or governments. When this is the case, attention can be focused on higher level needs, education, health, jobs and personal fulfilment. The method is solid, flexible, fast and affordable meaning there is considerable potential for it to be integrated sustainably with other initiatives such as provision of infrastructure such as local sewage treatment, water harvesting and storage, and provision of electricity. The World House does not require the use of scarce local resources such as timber (all the materials for a 130sqm dwelling can be comfortably fitted on a small trailer or a utility vehicle), but does provide opportunities for local labour. Even in extreme conditions, the World House will require only minimal maintenance over an indefinite lifespan. Women and girls are primary beneficiaries of the World House because it meets primary needs of having an environment in which they can maintain a secure and safe family life. With these needs met, and free from the energy-sapping burdens of daily life, women and their daughters have greater time and opportunity to turn their attention to higher-order priorities. While the primary method of construction of the World House is simple, replicable and affordable, it remains highly flexible in size, shape, internal configuration and use.

IN-COUNTRY EXPERIENCE

  • Yes, for two or more years

EXPERTISE

  • I’ve worked in a sector related to my idea for at least two years

GEOGRAPHIC FOCUS

  • Yes

TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF

I am a director of a start up company based in New Zealand, Hybrid Modular Construction. Our aim is to bring this revolutionary building method to families and communities worldwide. We have been working on refining the method for many years, being motivated by the desire to make a difference .

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OpenIDEO Urban Resilience Challenge October 2015.pdf

This document briefly outlines the Hybrid Modular World House philosophy, principles, core applications and benefits, as well as describing the core construction methodology.

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