• http://www.transitionscollective.co.za/blog/?cat=9

    water and sanitation

  • http://www.transitionscollective.co.za/blog/?cat=6

    energy

  • http://www.transitionscollective.co.za/blog/?cat=8

    waste

  • http://www.transitionscollective.co.za/blog/?cat=7

    food security

  • http://www.transitionscollective.co.za/blog/?cat=3

    co-production

  • http://www.transitionscollective.co.za/blog/?cat=5

    eco design

  • http://www.transitionscollective.co.za/blog/?cat=11

    research

eco design

Building a house from recycled material sourced locally or from the nearest rubbish dump poses certain challenges in comfort and protection from the outside elements. Temperature fluctuations can be extreme when building with zinc ranging from the heat of the day to the cold of the night. Structures need to withstand strong winds and pelting rain to keep the interior dry. Building on a slope or a sand bed calls for different design interventions in laying a foundation. All these issues are faced daily by the slum dweller together with the fact that they are building without security of tenure. Sometimes, the slum dweller has a small window of opportunity to erect a shack before security forces intervene, so using material that is easy and quick to assemble also plays a part in house design. Once it is erected the slum dweller can incrementally improve on his or her house as time and money permits. Read more…

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