The technology as presented here is appropriate for tropical and temperate climates to build dwellings for human occupants. It requires little or no energy to maintain comfortable living conditions, it is environment friendly and it is durable.
Materials needed are; sand, wood or light metal frame, chicken wire or metal lath, cement or plaster, if required insulating material can be incorporated without modification to the technology.
The visual presentation, attached, of the 3m by 3m, 9m² living space, serves only as a means to demonstrate the practical use of the technology including all the elements to create a livable space. The technology can be applied to create other forms and sizes of structures.
The technology is based on the age old and tried method of TILT-UP panel construction, largely used in the USA since a long time.
The panels used in this technology are heavy sandwich panels. They are constructed horizontally without a mold, or any form work, they can be produced anywhere. The components of the panels are;
- The frame,
- The two outside surfaces, about 2.5 cm thick on each side, composed of reinforced plaster,
- The inner fill of, soil cement, or simply sand, or any other non-organic material, usually 10 cm thick,
After assembly the surfaces are without visible structural joints. The assembled structure has the appearance of a traditionally built plastered brick house.
There is no pretending that the presented 9 m² sample will cost only $300, but with mass production of the panels and their assembly on OWNER/USER provided foundations and if the OWNER/USER can take on the finishing work and furnishing to his taste (water, electricity), it can come very close.
I UPLOADED SOME PICTURES THAT HAVE NOTHING TO DO WITH THIS CHALLENGE, EXCEPT THAT THE TECHNOLOGY USED, TO CONSTRUCT THE STRUCTURES SHOWN, IS THE SAME AS PROPOSED FOR THE $300 SHELTER.
TWO NEW PICTURES HAVE BEEN UPLOADED TO SHOW THE CEILING PANEL BEING INSTALLED AND TO SHOW HOW THE PANEL FRAMES ARE ASSEMBLED ON A TEMPLATE TABLE.
THESE PICTURES ARE FROM AN ACTUAL PROJECT, THEY ARE SHOWN TO EXPLAIN SOME DETAILS IN AN ASSEMBLY LINE TYPE OF SITUATION.
TWO MORE PICTURES WERE UPLOADED SHOWING SOME DETAILS, i HOPE IT WILL GIVE SOME EXPLANATION.