Introduction to Sisal House

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Introduction to Sisal House

  1. 1. Sisal picture from Incipi
  2. 2. Vulnerable to Disasters• Houses in the developing world are often poorly built and vulnerable to disasters.
  3. 3. ShelterBox• The ShelterBox program is an excellent short term solution.
  4. 4. ShelterBox
  5. 5. Moving Beyond Tents• A follow up program to ShelterBox is needed.• Rotary can empower victims to build their own houses. – Micro factories can use local labor and low cost materials to build houses.
  6. 6. A New Rotary Disaster Response• Sisal House provides residents of tent cities with jobs building sturdy shelters and houses. Emergency Displaced Transitional ShelterBox Sisal House Victims Sisal House Shelter
  7. 7. What is a Sisal House?• Sisal House is panelized system for building emergency shelters. – It uses premade panels like this wooden shed. – Panels are made of “natural fiber composite” similar to fiberglass pole- barn siding or roofing.
  8. 8. Similar to Fiberglass• Fiberglass is proven technology.• Sisal House panels are are similar to fiberglass.
  9. 9. Manufacture Sisal is a strongSisal fiber from the Agave plantResin Sisal PanelsPress
  10. 10. Sisal House• Can be used as emergency shelters and: – Later disassembled and reused – Or Converted into permanent houses • Process is similar to the Shelter2Home steel shelter system.
  11. 11. Sisal House - Factory in Box• Contains – Press(es) – Resin/Catalyst – Pre-formed Sisal Fiber Mats – Optional House/Shelter plans – Hardware – Paint Brushes – Basic Hand Tools – Plastic sheeting• Potential Upgrades – Self-powered Air Compressor – Pneumatic Press – Pneumatic Resin Sprayer
  12. 12. Green Housing• Natural Product• Potential use of new bio-resins
  13. 13. Economic Benefits• Immediate – Local growth and processing of Sisal – Local sisal panel production – Local installers• Potential / Sustainable – Export of Sisal House panels to disaster areas. – Manufacture of other products from roof tiles to furniture. – Larger scale local production for residential/commercial buildings. – Local production of resin. (Especially bio resins)
  14. 14. 1st Steps• Create Press• Make “sample house”• Apply for Rotary District Grant• Develop Rotary International Partnerships• Learn more about the Sisal House Project or add your input at http://sisalhouse.incipi.com/
  15. 15. Potential Start Up Costs• Sisal “Manual” Press – $300• Exterior Walls & Roof for 20’ x 30’ house – Fiber, Resin & Catalyst: $900 - $1,000• Additional Costs – Interior Walls – Hardware, Fasteners & Adhesives – Footing & Site Prep

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