Enviro Vida Community Dwellings

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Enviro Vida Community Dwellings

MexicoQualicum Beach, Canada
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< $1,000
Project Summary
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About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

The project I have in mind is an alternative green building method which greatly reduces the burden on our forests. It was invented in Austria, and has been successfully utilized in many countries. It creates a building envelope having many desirable qualities which are far superior to wooden buildings, the typical choice of material in B.C. This method is easy, and requires no special tools or electricity to operate them. It also takes much less time to erect homes, install wiring, plumbing, insulation, vapor barrier, etc., thereby creating real savings to home owners through greatly reduced labour costs. The need for maintenance is also much lower than conventional dwellings, and the life expectancy is two to three times (or more) wood frame homes, giving some rest to our forests.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The burden on our forests could easily be reduced by building homes and other structures using this proven method. Our total energy savings from heating and cooling this type of dwelling could then be spent in sectors of our communities that benefit its' citizens, rather than Big Oil, or B.C. Hydro. By implementing manufacturing of the materials used to create this alternative method right here in our province, our carbon footprint would become much lighter as well. Currently, the raw materials are imported from Mexico or southern California, but could easily be manufactured here at home, thereby creating even greater savings on many different levels; transportation costs, and environmental costs, with an added bonus of job creation.
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The way that this method of building makes a difference is found in the superior finished product, in comparison to the way homes are made at this time. It's rather like comparing an astronaut to a dinosaur. The characteristics of the finished home using this method and materials far exceed those of conventional housing. The building envelope is vastly stronger, and virtually earthquake and hurricane-proof. It is also fire-proof, and will not rot, create mold or mildew, and cannot be attacked by termites or other insects that can damage our homes. If homes were made in this fashion in the American tornado belt, my feeling is that most of those decimated houses would still be standing. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, a single home in a completely demolished neighborhood was photographed intact. It is one that was built using this alternative method. This is made possible by the superior strength and method of building utilized in this well engineered design/material marriage, and is truly a remarkable idea which just simply makes a lot of sense. This method presents solutions on many levels to interconnected problems that are inherent in today's housing fiasco. The Austrian creator of this green building method approached construction from a standpoint of practicality. Former U.S. president Jimmy Carter, has built houses for Habitat for Humanity in the summer months. With a small crew of five, multiple homes were completed to lock up stage within a week. Homes of this type would be a plus for First Nations that are currently very under served.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Thus far no one is using this building technique in the province of B.C.

Founding Story

After an extensive search of alternative building materials and techniques, I discovered one that encompassed many of the most desirable aspects of sustainability. The use of panel systems is not new, but the type of panel used in this system is far superior to other SIPs (Structural Insulated Panels) made with wood. With this method, homes can be created in much less time, requiring fewer skilled professionals, and are much more permanent. Completed properly, they are even fire-proof, and would emerge unscathed in areas of the province which have been prone to forest fires in the past. They are comfortable in all seasons, and demand less energy to keep them that way. The pressure on our forests is intense, and more of our wilderness areas disappear each year from the voracious demand for lumber and forest products. We could conserve a great many acres of forest by implementing changes in the way we build our homes and other buildings. I believe this is a viable solution.
About You
Enso Builders
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About Your Organization
Organization Name

Enso Builders

Organization Country

, BC, Qualicum Beach

Country where this solution is creating social impact


Region in BC where your solution creates social impact

Vancouver, Coast and Mountains, Vancouver Island, Thompson Okanagan, Northern British Columbia, Cariboo Chilcotin Coast, Kootenay Rockies, Columbia Basin.

How long has your organization been operating?

Less than a year

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How long have you been in operation?

Still in idea phase, but looking to launch soon

Which of the following best describes the barrier(s) your solution addresses? Choose up to two

Access, Cost.

Social Impact
Please describe the goal of your initiative; outline what you are trying to achieve

Public awareness is the first goal. Showing people another method of building a home that is superior in every way to
any on the today's market. Conservation of forests and biodiversity are directly related to the utility of EPS panel
system buildings. I would welcome a positive change in that regard, and hope that by example people might soon
learn a better way to build a house.

What has been the impact of your solution to date?

The impact of this solution has not generated any interest to date. No one seems to spend too much time implementing green solutions in a housing market dominated by stick-frame builders. Perhaps it would be
useful to have just one home as a model, so others could then understand the nature of the solution. I have
been unable to attract a single client thus far, and am wondering what it is that keeps people from seeing what
i see.

What is your projected impact over the next five years?

The projected impact over the next five years is difficult to assess. A housing market in flux, compounded by economic woes within many countries are affecting housing starts of green technology homes. However, the
environmental consciousness of many people is at a pinnacle, and punctuated by a desire to tread a lot more
softly on the Earth. With this another generation is emerging with ideals different than those preceding. It seems
relevant that improving conditions on the planet is part of a collective and unspoken goal. Living in a green
home seems a likely part of 'being here', and can only become a more popular adjunct to happiness for many.

What barriers might hinder the success of your project? How do you plan to overcome them?

Barriers that might hinder success are created by lacking a clear plan. Business strategies and marketing programs
should reflect the green style of the materials as well as the completed homes. To that end, consultants far more
savvy than me, would be employed for their proven expertise and knowledge.

Winning entries present a strong plan for how they will achieve and track growth. Identify your six-month milestone for growing your impact

A six-month milestone for growing impact with this project would be just one house. It's difficult to imagine two at this point

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your six-month milestone
Task 1

Find a client interested in a home made from EPS panels

Task 2

Import the panels from Mexico or California.

Task 3

Build the home and provide public awareness of what sets it apart from traditional housing.

Now think bigger! Identify your 12-month impact milestone

As above... times two.

Identify three major tasks you will have to complete to reach your 12-month milestone
Task 1
Task 2
Task 3
Tell us about your partnerships

I am not involved in any partnerships, although those mentioned as references would be happy to join in the
venture given advance notice.

Are you currently targeting other specific populations, locations, or markets for your solution? If so, where and why?

I am not targeting any of the above.

What type of operating environment and internal organizational factors make your innovation successful?

The operating environment is one of positive enthusiasm and belief in the validity of the system of building, and is always at the forefront. The internal organizational factors of transparency, cooperative effort, creativity, and experience as a builder will elevate desired goals of successful innovation.

Please elaborate on any needs or offers you have mentioned above and/or suggest categories of support that aren't specified within the list

None that I'm aware of.


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