It’s great to see more house designs and projects to rebuild Haiti. This particular design is very good. I recommend going to their site (see link below) and checking out all the details.
“Kay e Sante nan Aiti was a competition by the ARCHIVE Institute centered around designing sustainable housing units and a master plan for a community of people living with HIV/AIDS in Haute-de-St. Marc, Haiti. These buildings needed excellent ventilation and structural resistance to seismic activity and hurricanes. Many of the current projects for temporary housing in Haiti have fallen into disrepair as they are used for much longer than intended. To combat this we wanted to build a variation of the traditional Kay or Creole house. Our site presented many challenges, being off-grid from both electricity and water as well as being situated on very hilly terrain.
My role for the project was to figure out the most suitable building techniques, technology, and materials for the site. Water tables for the site revealed that a well would need to be very deep before being useful so we proposed a treadle pump system paired with a water filter from open source engineering site Appropedia. We chose earthbag building techniques over concrete in order to avoid transportation costs and make use of usable soil on the site. Not only was this a cheaper alternative to concrete but it prohibits mildew (as it acts as an insulator and does not transfer heat as easily as concrete) and is highly resistant to shear forces caused by earthquakes. We designed the roof to create a soler chimney for passive air circulation and used water bottles in the roof to refract in light during the day.”
Read more at the source: Jordan Manning