BRE Trust report: Post disaster construction and sustainability – an account from the Philippines

Kiru Balson (BRE) helped to develop materials guidance for the agency tasked with rebuilding homes, Shelter Cluster Phillipines following the devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan. This single event destroyed over a a million homes across the country in 2013. Kiru has written a personal account of the journey.The guidance will be used to ensure that the communities that are rebuilt are sustainable and resilient.

Kiru’s personal account can be downloaded in a PDF format by clicking here. Here is a short extract from the document:

“On the 8th November 2013, one of the strongest storms ever known to landfall, Typhoon Haiyan, locally referred to as Yolanda, hit the Eastern Visayas region in the Philippines. It destroyed over a million homes, displacing 4.1 million people, equivalent to over half the population of London.

Nine months later, I had the privilege of travelling to the Typhoon affected areas as a Technical Adviser to support the Shelter Cluster Philippines. The purpose of my deployment was to undertake the research needed to develop technical briefing papers on the most commonly used construction materials in shelters, that are concrete, concrete hollow blocks, coco lumber, Nipa (mangrove palm) and Amakan (bamboo matting). My site visits and discussions made it clear as to why this guidance was required to support the recovery process.”