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Social Performance

Social Performance

Aspects

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    Educational:

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      On site training and education provided to unskilled construction workers.

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      Local schools and community involvement in building with sand bags

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      Visible energy and water saving features for showcasing.

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    Local empowerment:

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      On site non-toxic treatment of timber poles and saplings felled locally.

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      Pre- assembly of timber ladders.

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      Making bamboo rainwater harvesting goods from locally available material.

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      Sewing and filling of sand bags by local community.

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    User Comfort:

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      Sandbag walls provide excellent thermal and acoustic properties.

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      Openings and design provide for good cross ventilation essential to the hot semi tropical humid climate.

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      High levels of natural light.

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      All materials and finishes were specified so as to avoid indoor air pollution.

Social 3.6

Evidence of high performance

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    Environmental Education Showcase:

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      Educational asset to Twin Streams Environmental Education Centre.

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      Has generated much interest within the local community – now dubbed the “Mtunzini eco house.”

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      Local schools participated in the actual building process – helping to pack and carry some of the sandbags used for the walls.

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    Community Involvement:

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      Inclusive labor procurement process – a local community with one of

the highest unemployment levels was targeted for job creation.

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    Micro-enterprise development - sandbag and timber ladders and rainwater

tanks being made up by the local community.

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    The majority of the bulk material was gathered from in and around the site while conventional construction imports most of their bulk material and pre- manufactured component’s with sparse benefit or inclusion for local communities.

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      User Friendly:

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    Resources for empirical testing are not available, however excellent thermal

and acoustic performance has been confirmed with feedback from users and visits to other sandbag buildings.

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    Cross ventilation combined with the uplifting effect of a curved roof with

stack venting through the clerestory louvers. This ensures good natural ventilation.

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    The user has manual control of all clerestory louvers, opening windows and air vents.

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    Good indoor air quality assured through the use of non-toxic materials and finishes as well as good ventilation.

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