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Our Approach

A Developed World Perspective on Construction of Homes

In the developed world, architects, engineers and developers are trained and licensed to produce custom designs that are then executed by skilled crews to enable custom construction of homes and other structures. In the event of a disaster, we mobilize quickly to understand the hazard that attacked and the vulnerability it exploited in our established design and construction practices. Once this is understood, the practice is revised through changes to codes and standards that are then disseminated to current and future technical professionals to allow retrofit and reconstruction of these custom designs. What is important to understand is that this process is supported by a government enacting zoning laws, building codes, permitting and inspection processes, with an established educational system for training of technical professionals in a country with the economic resources necessary to execute these projects. In the developing world, these underpinnings are woefully inadequate or even non-existent, making our traditional approach to remedying exposed vulnerabilities inappropriate.

Shifting Our Perspective: Creating Surrogates 

Engineering2Empower develops process and product innovations that become surrogates to replace the elements of our traditional approach to vulnerability reduction that many parts of the developing world are unable to support. We recognize the lack of capacity and even human capital to meet the demand for engineering services and lack of resources for many families to afford these services, so we:

  • introduce standardized designs of culturally appropriate housing that are executed in repeatable construction sequences
  • prefabricate critical elements like reinforcing steel cages to insure seismic detailing meets international code requirements
  • paraskill, providing focused training on specific tasks that can build the capacity to meet immediate needs for safe construction quickly and efficiently 
  • provide communal construction resources, which unfortunately do not permit the level of flexibility for custom designs present in the developed world, but do fulfill a more basic need: safety at an affordable price