Cyclone-proof houses a big hit
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.