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 NevHouse in Vanuatu

Media coverage of NevHouse in Vanuatu

In a video posted by the Telegraph in Australia on the 30th April it is stated that NevHouse 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. 

NevHouse a safety option for Vanuatu in a storm

NevHouse 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 NevHouse 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 NevHouse 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. Nev Hyman, Founder of NevHouse 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.  

NevHouse launches stage one of a community in Vanuatu

NevHouse 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 NevHouse 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 NevHouse 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 NevHouse 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 NevHouse 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.