The Humanitarian House International HHi House© is culturally acceptable, easy adaptable, flexible, customizable, comfortable and low cost.
Currently there are two HHi House models, The Emergency Shelter (ES) and the Long-term Dwelling (LTD). The two designs share the same dimensions, framing, and flooring. The ES has a plastic membrane sweater that drops over the frame. In eight hours this unit replaces the earlier-deployed tents and has a raised floor that lifts residents off the ground.
As the community stabilizes, an upgrade to the LTD version of the HHi House occurs by removing the sweater and installing corrugated plastic roofing panels and rigid wall panels. (The framing remains unchanged.) Optional modifications made after this upgrade may include a door, adjustments to the interior such as bedroom, kitchen and bathroom specific components.
Far more refined than a tent, the structure comes empty, ready to be customized into configurations such as:
The price of the HHi House will be no more than $2,000 US for the ES model and no more than $2,500 US for the LTD model.
The design team plans for the integration of rainwater and waste management systems, solar power collection (or other energy systems), and potable water systems. The team has deferred integrating these capabilities until the successful completion of an engineering evaluation and deployment at a field trial site.
“It’s cozy inside, providing a measure of privacy and peace of mind.” Wayne Tittus, Builder.
“Because of its flexibility and customization options over time, the Humanitarian House has much to recommend… the low cost and ease of installation.” Susan Weiner Crager PhD.