Salt Lake City, Utah
June 23, 2018
June 23, 2018
July 27, 2018
This research involves creating and testing a standard “kit design” containing framing materials and instructions necessary to build sustainable houses for the indigenous Gnobe people of Panama. In previous research, ***** University Master of Building Construction students initially developed a tube steel framed sustainable house design for the Gnobe people. The structure utilized steel tube framing supported by shallow concrete footings, a concrete slab, a pitched metal roof, and the flexibility to choose various wall materials. This initial design was constructed in Cieneguita, Panama in May 2017 by a collaborative service team of missionaries and students enrolled in a service learning course at ****** *******. Following the construction of the initial steel frame design in Panama, a succeeding *** student refined the construction details of the aforementioned tube steel house and developed a “kit design” for ease and expediency of construction. A prototype of this refined structure design was assembled at a location near ******, *******. Construction of the prototype allowed to learn lessons on constructability, explore environmental barriers, and finalize the list of components and instructions for the kit. The completed structure also provided hands-on training for *** Construction Management students and mission teams who will later construct these houses in Panama. Students in future service learning classes in **’s program will implement the sustainable housing kits in Panama with the help of local mission teams. Several churches hope to build 50 houses over the next five years for the Gnobe people by implementing these economical and sustainable kits. In addition to these advantages provided by these housing kits, they also provide higher quality compared to current building practices in this region of the jungle. By repeating the same basic construction assembly, the students, mission teams, and Gnobe people will gain efficiency in construction, providing the people of Panama with more housing compared with other means of construction.
Redden, L. W., & Simons, A. E., & Kramer, S. W., & Huffines, T. (2018, June), Serving through Building: Sustainable Houses for the Gnobe People in Cieneguita, Panama Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/30958
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