InnoVida Offers Donation of 1000 Prefab Shelters to Ease Haiti Housing Crisis
InnoVida Holdings, LLC, has pledged to donate one thousand portable shelters and temporary prefab houses to the rebuilding efforts in earthquake ravaged Haiti. Designed by renowned architect Andres Duany, the shelters sleep up to eight people. They are durable, waterproof, wind and insect resistant and can be flat packed for easy shipment. Although no toilet is included, there is a rain catchment system for indoor potable water.
Instead of traditional building materials, the shelters use load bearing insulating panel systems made of aviation quality E-Glass fiber fabric infused with polymeric epoxy resin bonded to a foam material core. These panels are highly insulating, strong enough to stand up to earthquakes and moisture, mold and insect resistant. Check out a video of the product below:
Since the structure is composed of epoxy resin and foam, I am concerned about what will happen to this structure if it indeed is only used for temporary housing. Although the manufacturer says that these shelters could be used for permanent dwellings, what will occur with them should the Haitian government decide to only use them temporarily? Could these structures be reused?
The are many other companies offering shelters and rebuilding proposals to the Haitian relief efforts. As yet, the Haitian government has not announced which proposal will be accepted to address the current housing crisis.