Since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Notre Dame Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences faculty, with funding from the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA), have worked to design a more resilient and affordable housing model for Haiti. This project has worked to identify new sustainable solutions in order to avoid repeating the tragedy through a series of technological advancements:
- Alternate Partitioning—the introduction of simplified manufacturing processes that can be locally established to convert agricultural waste, under the application of heat and pressure, into structural panels
- Alternate Structural Systems—development of construction plans for several standard framed floor plans, detailed for adequate resistance to both earthquakes and hurricanes. Each design is accompanied by specifications, including appropriate detailing and construction techniques, that can serve as the basis of future building codes and standards.
- Technology Adoption—as part of the process and holistic approach, cultural preferences and local capacity will be combined with demonstrations of new wall systems alongside concrete masonry unit walls, as well as vocational training with partnering NGOs to certify new building in these new construction techniques.