Nev House presents at COP22 UN Climate Change Conference

Nev House presents at COP22 UN Climate Change Conference

Very proud to announce Nev Hyman, founder of Nev House recently delivered a powerful key note speech at COP22 UN Climate Change conference in Marrakech. He spoke alongside other thought leaders including Professor Jeffrey Sachs, senior UN adviser and expert on climate change and sustainable development as well as Peter Bakker, President of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development. The path to "House Humanity" requires sanctions and endorsements of the highest order - COP22 was the perfect event to deliver a moving and inspiring message about a game changing solution to turn the waste we throw away into homes, schools and clinics for nations in need.

Nev House features on Sunrise TV

Nev House features on Sunrise TV

Surf board shaping legend Nev Hyman is interviewed by Sunrise TV, aired nationally across Australia recently. Nev explains his philosophy about taking the plastic waste that we throw away and turning it into low cost structures for nations in need. The demand for Nev House product has been meteoric as more and more countries realise the economic, environmental and often political benefits of low cost rapidly deployable homes, schools and medical clinics. Click here to watch the interview

Nev House featured in Hong Kong Magazine "Today's Living"

Nev House featured in Hong Kong Magazine "Today's Living"

Today's Living wrote the following: Clever, creative and extremely compassionate, Australia Nev House collects recycled plastic and otehr waste material and uses them to create cyclone rated affordable homes, schools and medical clinics designed to meet the needs of indigenous populations. To download the magazine: please click here.

Austrade gets behind Nev House

Austrade gets behind Nev House

In an article by Austrade which is part of the Australian Trade and Investment Committee, Myles Gough posts his interview with Founder of Nev House - surfing icon Nev Hyman. Myles states 'from surfboards to sustainable shelters, Nev Hyman's latest is providing safe, affordable housing to some of the world's most vulnerable people. His low-cost houses are cyclone-proof, built from recycled plastic and waste materials, and can be deployed to remote communities in a matter of weeks'. To read the full article click here 

 

Nev House victorious at the Australian Good Design Awards

Nev House victorious at the Australian Good Design Awards

In an article published by ArchitectureAU, Louisa Wright states “The Good Design Award for Sustainability, one of two main awards, went to Nev House, a cyclone-resistant prefabricated shelter for remote communities in Vanuatu. Conceived by entrepreneur Nev Hyman and designed by Sydney-based architect Ken McBryde, a principal at Hassell, the buildings act as affordable homes, schools and medical clinics, and are made from recycled plastic and other waste products. Nev House was also awarded Best in Category for Architectural Design – Commercial and Residential Architecture”. Read the full article here.

Nev House makes a clean sweep at the Australian Good Design Awards

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Nev House makes a clean sweep at the Australian Good Design Awards

The following is taken from Nev House's entry into the architectural category of the Australian Good Design Awards. "This initial community development project in Vanuatu can be scaled to support the long term sustainable development objectives for the rebuild of Vanuatu. This includes the provision of more than 5,000 classrooms, medical clinics and houses over an agreed period – and also includes Nevhouse working with local people to enable them to become skilled and trained in assembling these structures. There is also a feasibility study to be undertaken on the establishment of a waste management and manufacturing facility in Vanuatu – to address the plastic waste problem and provide employment and other skills for the people living in Vanuatu". To see the full entry on the Good Design Awards website click here.

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Wave of praise for Vanuatu's cyclone-resistant shelters

Wave of praise for Vanuatu's cyclone-resistant shelters

On May 19th, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote “Respected Australian surfboard designer Nev Hyman and architect Ken McBryde, of leading design house HASSELL, have collaborated to create a series of cyclone-resistant shelters for remote Vanuatu communities decimated by Cyclone Pam in March 2015.

The shelters, which were based around an initial prototype called Nev House, utilise recycled plastic and laminated veneer lumber to realise their distinctive design featuring high-pitched roofs, large overhangs and floor-to-ceiling louvres for maximum ventilation in tropical environments. The buildings take only five days to construct and are designed to withstand a category-five cyclone. To read the full article click here.

The Nev House: Recycled Cyclone Proof Homes

The Nev House: Recycled Cyclone Proof Homes

Wendy Griffin, in a blog titled written for Recycled Nation wrote the following:  we all know that plastic waste is a real problem. As information about things like the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, one of the largest collections of mostly plastic marine debris, are reported the magnitude of the situation seems overwhelming. Everyone holds some responsibility: manufacturers of single-use plastics and the consumers of these products. According to Brita, the water filtration company, Americans throw away 35 billion plastic water bottles every year and this is just one example. There are many people doing what they can to combat plastic waste, from reducing their own plastic use like activist Beth Terry to making products out of plastic waste like Terra Cycle. Another truly inspirational individual doing his part to combat this waste is Nev Hyman.

Nev Hyman is an Australian surfboard shaper (note: a surfboard shaper is someone who builds and designs surfboards by hand or, more recently, via a software program on his laptop) who is famous for designing surfboards for world champions and continues to design boards for Firewire, the company he founded, teamriders. He has seen many of the world’s most beautiful surfing venues and, as he began to notice more plastic waste in the oceans, he decided to do something about it. To read the full article click here.

Nev House sustainable development in Vanuatu post Cyclone Pam

Nev House sustainable development in Vanuatu post Cyclone Pam

Channel 9’s Emma O’Rourke reports on an initiative by Nev House to deliver hope and homes to people on remote Tanna Island, in Vanuatu.  In an interview, the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop stated “the people of Vanuatu have been through a very devastating experience”. Founder Nev Hyman explains how Nevhouse is taking plastic out of the environment and using it to create panels for the homes.  Click here to view.

Minister of Health wants nurse in first Nev House Clinic

Minister of Health wants nurse in first Nev House Clinic

In an article published by the Vanuatu Daily on May 4th, it is claimed that the Minister of Health, Toara Daniel, has announced following his visit inside the house with the Director General, George Taleo, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trades, Commerce, Tourism and Industry, Joe Natuman, Minister of Infrastructure Jotham Napat, Minister of Internal Affairs Alfred Moah and other government dignities. The tour was led by members of the Nev House. Minister Daniel said he will negotiate with Dr Robert Vocor and the management of Lenakel Hospital to make sure a nurse is recruited. Read the full article here.

 

Disaster Housing Solution for Cyclone Ravaged Tanna

Disaster Housing Solution for Cyclone Ravaged Tanna

In an article published by the Vanuatu Daily on May 3rd 2016, Anita Roberts writes “Communities on Tanna that bore the brunt of cyclone Pam last year were the first in the south pacific to have been delivered with an innovative housing solution pioneered by Australia’s Nev House Company. Under agreement with the Vanuatu Government, the company has been constructing affordable, cyclone-proof houses to meet the lifestyle needs of the people, by replacing the semi- permanent buildings in any future cyclone. Pioneered by the Australian surfing entrepreneur Nev Hyman, Nev House company recycles plastic and wood into a sturdy composite building product”. To read the full article click here.

Australian duo create cyclone proof buildings in Vanuatu

Australian duo create cyclone proof buildings in Vanuatu

On the 1st May 2016, Lisa Martin of AAP states "The smiles and joyful bouncing of 1200 tribal dancers on Tanna Island in Vanuatu conceal a devastating daily reality. They’re chanting, clapping and stomping across the black volcanic sand and grass, creating a human drum beat that reverberates to the core. It’s like being inside a human heart. At its centre is Australian Nev Hyman who appears slightly overdressed in shorts and a shirt ... The buildings, which can be erected in five days, also have solar power. When the next cyclone rolls in, the buildings in this project’s first phase will be able to protect 1000 people. In the meantime they will be used as classrooms and a medical clinic.

Read the full article here. 

 

Media coverage of Nev House in Vanuatu

Media coverage of Nev House in Vanuatu

In a video posted by the Telegraph in Australia on the 30th April it is stated that Nev House are seeking backing from the Australian and Vanuatu Governments to continue providing Vanuatu locals with low cost category five cyclone proof homes in the wake of Cyclone Pam. Watch the video here. 

Nev House a safety option for Vanuatu in a storm

Nev House a safety option for Vanuatu in a storm

In an article published in Vanuatu's Independent paper by Richard M. Nanua, it was stated that Nev House is guaranteed to save lives during level five cyclones. Mr. Nanua reported that last week a senior government delegation led by Deputy Prime Minister Joe Natuman along with Nev House dignitaries, journalists and more than 2,000 people of Tanna witnessed the opening of the project worth more than $1.5 million Australian at Imarapu and Enkatalei villages. The ceremony also brought together different custom tribes who will directly benefit from this historic project including Kasarumine, Nakusimine, Tumahmine and Nimalkangmine tribes. Read the full article here.

 

Eradicating Plastic Waste One Home at a Time

Eradicating Plastic Waste One Home at a Time

Nick Nichols of Business News Australia published an article about how an Australian company is taking on the global housing issue, one home at a time. Gordon Irons the newly appointed CEO, who recently left Deloitte where he was a senior partner is garnering immense support from South Pacific nations such as Vanuatu, and interest from others such as Fiji and Papua New Guinea where discussions continue to evolve. Read the full article here.  

Nev House launches stage one of a community in Vanuatu

Nev House launches stage one of a community in Vanuatu

The twelve tribes of Tanna came together with the heads of the Tafae Province and Ministers from the Vanuatu Government including the acting Prime Minister to celebrate the first of many planned communities for Vanuatu.  The structures built by Nev House and it's consortium of members are category 5 cyclone rated and are sufficient to house the population of the Enkatalei community whom they were built for, in the likely event of another severe weather event. At all other times, these structures can be used by the community as schools to educate the children, as a medical clinic to treat the sick, and to provide shelter for all others.

Creating flat-pack, cyclone-proof housing for vulnerable Pacific nations

Creating flat-pack, cyclone-proof housing for vulnerable Pacific nations

In a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Mark Solomon, the rich history of Nev House is uncovered and plans to deliver homes, clinics and schools to the cyclone ravaged nation of Vanuatu are unveiled. Watch the 730 report to see the whole story including interviews with lead Architect Ken McBryde, Founder Nev Hyman and Senior Policy Advisor to the Vanuatu Government Mr. Paul Nalau. Read the full article.

Architect Ken McBryde talks about turning plastic waste into housing

Architect Ken McBryde talks about turning plastic waste into housing

Ken McBryde is a principal at HASSELL. He spoke about material transformation at the Green Cities 2016 conference in one of 7 sessions in which 7 speakers talked for 7 minutes about disruptive ideas. An exerpt from an article published by the Fifth Estate is below.    

Four years ago I met Nev Hyman, founder of Firewire Surfboards. Reflecting these challenges, Nev Hyman had a simple idea: turn that waste into housing. And, while we’re at it, we’ll create local micro-industries and jobs by providing containerised recycling plants.

So we make housing, create jobs and clean up the oceans!

That’s triple bottom line sustainability: social + economic + environmental. A win-win-win!

Read the full article.

How Gold Coast surf legend Nev Hyman’s passion for conservation sparked an affordable housing revolution.

How Gold Coast surf legend Nev Hyman’s passion for conservation sparked an affordable housing revolution.

In a recent edition of the Mercedes magazine, Sam Cleveland describes how Nev House came about. He states that Nev Hyman whose companies Nev Future Shapes and Firewire Surfboards literally changed the way surfboards are made worldwide – is back in the news at the head of a bold new enterprise called Nev House.  The company recycles plastic waste to create durable, affordable flatpack housing, ideal for developing nations or disaster relief (they’re erected or dismantled in five days). To Australian sensibilities, the Nev House looks like a groovy beach cabin, but to the poor of the developing world, the innovative structures represent dignity, hygiene and protection from the elements. They’re modular too – meaning everything from homes to community halls can be assembled from the same components. “Diverting waste from landfill, off the streets and out of rivers and turning it into houses for the poor is a very compelling story that’s captured imaginations,” says Hyman. Read the full article here.