Cy­clone-proof houses a big hit

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Surf­board shaper Nev Hy­man has been in de­mand in the Pa­cific lately. But it’s noth­ing to do with his boards.

Hy­man has de­vised a model for af­ford­able cy­clone-proof hous­ing, made out of re­cy­cled plas­tic.

He has just ful­filled a ma­jor hous­ing or­der in Van­u­atu, which was flat­tened by Cy­clone Pam last March. His houses, part of Van­u­atu’s dis­as­ter-re­lief pro­gram, have gone to 12 tribes through­out the coun­try.

Hy­man’s com­pany, Nev House, has also at­tracted in­ter­est in other Pa­cific na­tions, in­clud­ing Fiji and the Solomon Is­lands.

There is in­ter­est in Pa­pua New Guinea, too, with Hy­man hop­ing to set up a fac­tory in Port Moresby.

Hy­man, and his ar­chi­tect mate Ken McBryde, are the main men be­hind Nev House.

McBryde, who has stud­ied indige­nous hous­ing, has cre­ated a cy­clone-proof de­sign, with ve­ran­dahs that pro­vide pro­tec­tion from sun and rain, and lou­vre win­dows that let in the breeze.

Hy­man says the mod­u­lar houses can be as­sem­bled in three to five days, and cost from about PGK77,000.

He thinks there could be de­mand for the houses in PNG.

Nev Hy­man ... there is plenty of in­ter­est in his cy­clone- proof houses.

Safe houses ... ve­ran­dahs pro­vide pro­tec­tion from the el­e­ments and lou­vre win­dows let in cool­ing trop­i­cal breezes.

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