'The $300 House' Challenge

Bring affordable housing to the world’s poor. $25,000 prize pool

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Be City - Honeycombs - Wabenstadt

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Work in progress A house in the form of a hexagon. I build the house with the new building material "Honeycom Plate" http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK534B... in a Hexagom Plot. Here a India Firm we produce this material: www.vasparhoneycomb.com

$ 300 house - Pricing

1x concrete: about $ 20
6x Honeycombwände a 30 dollars: $ 180
1x roof window: $ 20
1x door: $ 10
6x guide: $ 15
1x roof: $ 40
Incidentals (such as screws, dowels, ...): $ 20

Total: $ 295

Basic consideration
Why are there slums? Why do people move into a slum?
Refugees and very poor people have nothing. A few household items, some clothes and your life, nothing else. A person in Europe can hardly understand it, he must have been there to understand it can be.
Some people are in the country to escape debt, and very. What can a refugee to do to survive? He moves to a city
there to participate by the rich people. He studied there running small jobs that anyone can (do laundry, errands,
act with objects, ...) If it does not work, he can still pull out from the garbage of megacities recyclables or food related.
Primary causes for the Slumbildung is poverty in the country and the lack of employment opportunities in rural areas. Most expect
people in the cities of better living conditions and hope to gain a higher income. With the onset of rural exodus
It comes in the cities to housing shortages, which led to the establishment of informal settlements.

What is a slum?
From rubbish to the roadside, or wherever a spot is free and you no one bothers large, cardboard, plastic sheets and a
Accommodation patched up. There are no sewers, sanitary facilities (all the necessities done). The roads are dirty with mud, standing water, food scraps and garbage. It stinks everywhere. Garbage attracts many animals to (insects, birds, rodents, ...)
Here's a little video:

What are the problems of slums?
- Small, dirty houses, which were built from garbage.
- Bad ways (mud, puddles, garbage, ...)
- General waste. In streets and squares waste is dumped, which stinks beastly. At some point the garbage on fire and a biting
Smoke permeates the streets.
- Social order: Everyone is aware of the next. People have few social ties. It is purely a struggle for survival, it
arises from crime and gangs.
Other problems: disease, despair, ..

- Simple but clean accommodation, which can be extended gradually, depending on family status.
- Sanitary facilities (fresh water, industrial water, relieve themselves, wash area for the body and clothes)
- Clean-way (free of garbage, puddles, ...)
- Social bonds are to be supported
- Creation of income opportunities - must be jobs created by rural division of labor (eg refuse collection)
- The man should be (co-) owner, for only when he heard one cares.
- Co-determination may have to the people.
- A man must see the he is doing better (hope).
- Training opportunities
- Since most people come out of the country, should maybe be possible to grow food (Self Catering)

The cheap, own house offers:
Protection from animals and humans criminal, security, somewhere to sleep and rest, food store, of objects and
Food, maintain social contact, air, water, food, and maybe eventually the need to maintain his house and be proud of
House to be. In addition, it should be financial security, because we know that it has a value.

The most important basic requirements in brief:
- Protection (against rain, wind, sun)
- Security (from animals (insects, rodents, ...) and criminals)
- Privacy
- Good indoor climate (the house will not heat up by the sun), access to air and light
- Open space to cook
- Sleeper,
- A square in front of the house (for a chair, bicycle, handcart, ...)
- To expand the house or are still ways to live in groups.
- Stellmöglicheiten on the wall (cabinets, table)
- Storage options of goods
- Standard size (therefore cheap to build, but expandable) - Not less than 10 square meters (otherwise unfit for human habitation), no larger than 16 square meters, as
otherwise too expensive (material + space) - but easy to extend. Perfect size 12 - 14 sqm.
- Opportunities
- Cost - as low as possible (under $ 300)
- Self constructable - technical without a crane or large funds.
- Quick constructable - within 1 day
- Local building materials
- Approx. 1-4 Sleeps
- The house must be easily cleaned.
- Easy abteilbar (to produce Privatsspähre)
- House can be assembled with simple (no large appliances, building instructions, possibly with pictures)
- It should look a little unusual to emphasize the novelty.
- All homes should be equal, but variable. The conclusion is formed. Everyone starts the same, but everyone can change it. A
Competition is emerging.

The floor plan:
Thus, for example honeycomb shaped hexagonal. The reason is obvious: Round or octagonal honeycomb would be for the
Available space left blank - the result would be useless voids. Square-shaped or even triangular honeycombs, however, would more
Building materials require. Thus, the evolution over millions of years provided that the hexagonal pattern prevailed.
Interestingly, these animals displayed a nearly optimal way of building such cells - from all sorts of gaps
mounting utilizing hexagonal cell lines have the best ratio of wall material to volume.

For this reason, hexagonal shapes are also used in the art, such as to stabilize structures (most economical
Distribution of the reinforced points), for example in structured sheets.
Through the plan, the house is very stable.

Basic information:
Size: hexagon
Size: 2.25 m side length of the hexagon
Total area of the hexagon: about 13 square meters
Height: 2.5 m
Window: a large ceiling light in the middle arranged centered, for air and light

One-room house (hexagon) with dome light and pull-down room dividers.
The unusual floor plan is characterized by a minimized exploration and high functionality and provides ample storage space
refined by the use of each niche.
The approximately circular structure allows the central arrangement of a glass cupola, the Erschließungssraum of the house lit up in the corners with light.
On the flat roof, it is possible to plant crops, possibly food.
The facade is plain, white in order to sun, dirt-repellent.
From the conception of space is the house with a floor space of approximately 13 square meters intended for a family with two children.
The living area is located along with the sleeping space along the wall (6 walls).
Because of the ceiling height of 2.5 meters - the rooms are visually even bigger than they really are.
The dome light provides a light and air,
Enter rash of high thermal insulation is the building material.

With the hexagon my optimal form has been found to build affordable houses - from all sorts of geometric figures have consistently mounting utilizing hexagonal the best ratio of wall material to volume.
The compact form of the wind sweeps slightly around and over the house. The interior conveys the round shape and domed roof top the feeling of a vast space.
The dome light also serves as a smoke hole, and Clock, because depending on the lighting situation you can determine the time exactly.

The building material - building material with which bees build their honeycomb?
Of course, wood, or wood pulp. And that's why we build our house from a wood pulp, from a special material.

As a sandwich board with a honeycomb core (abbreviated honeycomb plate) is a three-layer composite structure in sandwich construction
described, which consists of two supporting skins and a honeycomb core support. The support core is also known as English. Honeycomb (dt
Called honeycomb), and can be made from cardboard, resin-impregnated paper, fiber, or thin aluminum foils. The
Covering skins can be made of cardboard, plastic, fiber composite and sheet metal. Different combinations of materials between
Support core and deck skins are possible, supporting core and skins are glued üblichwerweise.

We need:
- Size e.g. Concrete or clay soil
- 6 identical sheets to 2,5 m x 2,25 m
- Roof panel (hex = base)
- Some angle elements
- Rails that are mounted on the base and give the walls hold.
- 1 door
- 1 window

Advantage: Small space consumption
Flexible way recesses e.g. to prepare for door with a jigsaw.

This honeycomb panels are manufactured from waste wood, resin and knowledge.
Lightweight and extremely durable
The honeycomb paper for the house are made of 0.4 millimeter thick paper. It is impregnated in plastic, at 190 degree Celsius high
Pressure in the form of pressed and welded into long drives. They are top and bottom with glass fiber reinforced polyester surfaces
connected. How resilient are the so-formed walls, Gerd Niemöller prove in an experiment. It defines an approximately 40 centimeters
wide and a foot long strip of the honeycomb wall with a long side on a step, the other on the floor. The
Honeycomb is only two inches thick and weighs just a pound. The inventor stands on the honeycomb wall. Nothing happened. Since
you could put on it, four other men, says Gerd Niemoller. The plate was static enough even for multi-storey houses.

Safe as a house of stone
Hard to believe, but the "Africa House" meets all safety standards. The paper honeycomb start thanks to its hard coating and self-extinguish fire - without smoke. If the honeycomb or foam core, you need a 1,000 degree flame, hot 30
Minutes to blow around. The foam in the cells not only increases the fire safety but also ensures a good thermal and
Cold insulation. The foam-filled walls to withstand not only wind, rain and frost, but even earthquakes. The house of paper can
be used in all climates. An important prerequisite for the house to rescue of the occupants in the event of
Natural disaster and offer to be used in third world countries. According to the inventor, it has a lifetime of
at least 50 years.
Quote from: http://www.mdr.de/einfach-genial/6687...

That sounds like a perfect building material. References: www.the-wall.ch / www.consido-ag
Here are some videos:

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