Friday, April 27, 2012

Community Design Sketchup Models

Here is a time lapse of the construction process for 1 home in the H2H Community

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Senior Design Day

It is finally here! We will be posting pictures of our day live from our tent in front of Schaefer Lawn and down at the Prototyping site, come see us from 1 - 4 PM!

Final Update

A final update from the H2H Development team from the past few weeks leading up to the Senior Design Expo.

Roof Installation

The roof mock-up was finally installed onto the prototype last week

Shelter Subsystem

Power Subsystem

Water and Waste Subsystems

Community Overview

H2H Development Video Interview Series

Over the course of the past couple of weeks we have filmed a few informational videos for the different aspects of our Design. Here is the first in that series - A Background on our Project

Monday, April 2, 2012

H2H Development Prototyping Update

Here is a video that showcases the work we have been doing the past few weeks down at the site. We expect to be finished with the wall and start the roof this week! Senior Design Day is only 23 days away!

Chicken Wire Attachment

Our second Instructional Short that we made on site - Chicken Wire Attachment

Instructional Shorts

Some of the footage we have been taking while building the mock up has been to make little instructional shorts about specific tasks in the building process. Here is the first one we made - Tie Wire Attachment

Recent Photos on Site

1. The mock-up on March 29th(10 courses high)

2. Jon, the window, and the mock-up(7 courses high)

3. The electrical wiring strip anchor that enables wires to come in and out of the structure

4. An earthbag being taken out of its mold and being placed on the mock up

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

H2H Prototyping Week 1

This is a video review of the H2H team's first week prototyping subsystem designs. The team was able to start the first of several Earth Bag mock ups to showcase all the critical design factors and logistics of building an Earth Bag home. In addition to this the Power team has built and started testing it's first Windbelt prototype, a technology that harnesses flutter energy to power low output devices(for our purpose, lighting).

In the next week we will continue building the mock ups and testing the Windbelt technologies using different parameters.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Introducing the H2H Project

The H2H idea, started by project founders Philippe Pierre-Paul and Kevin Gajewski in May 2011, was to address disaster relief in disaster stricken countries. In our initial investigations of relief work, we found that aid organizations were approaching issues created by disasters independently and that changes to a family's living situation were only marginally improved compared to what is needed for greater change. The project was to take a systems engineering approach that integrates the different needs into one model home that would serve as the template to a larger community of H2H homes.

Stevens already had an initiative from the Department of Defense for Green Expeditionary Housing. Another one of the DoD's mission is disaster relief, so when we approached Stevens about our idea we knew had found a place for the project.

The project commenced in fall 2011 when the group of 11 students agreed that they wanted to be apart of a design effort that would make a larger impact beyond Stevens. The fall 2011 semester was focused on disaster research, planning, and design. After the first few weeks it was decided a specific disaster should be picked to be used as our design template. Haiti was chosen due to it's recent Earthquake and Cholera issues. The team needed to understand the Haitian culture, family living conditions prior to the earthquake, and the progress of disaster relief shelter's since January 12, 2010. Initially, gathering research appeared daunting but we were ready for the challenge. Our sources of information included online data, aid workers, and Haitian residents. Our faculty were supportive by inviting technical guest speakers to present on their experience with working in developing nations. Specifically, the most significant information came from  two speakers with direct ties to Haiti. The first was an Architect who spent most of her childhood in Haiti and the second was a Buro Happold Structural Engineer from the United Kingdom who volunteered in Haiti for three months building school's and shelters for earthquake victims.

The Haitian Architect contributed meaningful insight into the Haitian culture. She informed the team that a family size can be between 5-10 people including children and close relatives. Also, that the entire property is utilized by families. For example, a family may dry clothes on the roof and cook in the backyard. These cultural examples and more were considered for our design.

In terms of construction practices, the Buro Happold engineer spoke on his experiences in aiding the Tearfund organization in Léogâne, Haiti. During his three month visit he helped build transitional shelters for displaced Haitian families. The key points of his assessment that stood out to us were his emphasis on a design that incorporates local labor and a sense of ownership. For instance, he cited aid organizations that assumed what Haitians needed without consulting the community and as a result, no one accepted the final shelters when they sent to Haiti. Our team agreed that this arrogant attitude towards aid would not be apart of our project.

Currently, the team is prototyping designs to build on Stevens campus for Senior Design Day in April. The different sub-systems (Shelter, Power, Water and Waste) have been broken up to test their individual prototypes. The following posts for the next three weeks will include test footage and documentation of the prototyping process. We will invite different team members to speak on the community design and why they chose to be apart of the H2H project. Lastly, we will collectively learn and grow from the engineering design process.