|Project Summary||Project Information|
The 4 Walls Project helps the people of El Sauce, Nicaragua acquire a home. These homes are currently built with tin sheet metal roofs which are relatively expensive, make a lot of noise in the rain, create a large solar heat gain, and aren’t locally sourced. They would like to be able to build roofs that solve most, if not all of these issues and utilize an innovative material called Biochar, which would be sourced from local waste products. Along with researching this exciting new material, our group will design a roof that will solve many of the problems inherent with metal roofing and be resistant to the local weather and wildlife.
Our key goal for this project is to build and test a working prototype of the roofing material along with a mold for production. In addition, supporting documentation outlining construction and fabrication need to be created. Some key constraints of the product is that it will need to be able to stand up to the local climate including hurricanes and wildlife. It should also be easily transportable and install-able with local tooling. The product also needs to be sourced from local products (as much as possible) at a cheaper cost than the current metal roofing. The concept behind the project is to engineer a product that could improve the living conditions and quality of life for people in Nicaragua.
For more info see our Project Readiness Package: Project Readiness Package
You can look through the bottom tabs on this page to see the process taken for this project and to see the growth throughout the year. All of the final documents can be found in the Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation Tab. A picture of our final prototype can be seen below.
|Adrian Izbicki||Materials Design Leadfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Peter Chynoweth||Mechanical Design Leademail@example.com|
|Jamiya Cook||External Project Managerfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Cindy Widergren||Internal Project Manageremail@example.com|
Table of Contents
|MSD I & II||MSD I||MSD II|
- Ithaka Institute
- 4 Walls Project
- Manitou Concrete