As awful as they are, natural disasters often give way to new, “green” rebuilding methods. Whether for water or electricity, developers are looking for ways to rebuild in a way that will allow for less dependence on governments and/or money to supply vital necessities. The following article highlights the obstacles surrounding sustainable building in developing countries and the solutions that are being developed. It is part one of a three-part series from Matter Network.
The January 12, 2010 earthquake in Haiti destroyed or severely damaged an estimated 200,000 homes, 30,000 commercial buildings, and 180 government buildings.Since the earthquake, building practices and guidelines in Haiti have been a topic of global discussion with many organizations inside and outside the country hoping to rebuild a more sustainable Haiti.
But the topic of sustainability in Haiti raises some challenging questions. What does sustainability mean in Haiti? What frameworks, green building practices, and measures of sustainability are appropriate? And is it possible to use the opportunity created by the disaster to help Haiti leapfrog in its development? How might the lessons learned in Haiti be models for … (read more…)