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Africa’s First Plastic Bottle House Rises in Nigeria
Posted By Tafline Laylin On November 7, 2011 @ 6:28 pm In Architecture,carousel showcase,Disaster-proof design,humanitarian design,News,Recycled Materials | 48 Comments
With a serious housing shortage but no shortage of plastic bottles littering the streets, the Development Association for Renewable Energies  (DARE) – an NGO based in Nigeria – decided to build this incredible two-bedroom bungalow entirely out of plastic bottles! Although many in Kaduna were dubious when the project began construction in June this year, the nearly-complete home is bullet and fireproof, earthquake resistant , and maintains a comfortable interior temperature of 64 degrees fahrenheit year round!
Hundreds of plastic bottles were filled with sand and then linked together at the neck by an intricate network of string. The bottles were then strategically laid and packed down with a combination of mud and cement, creating a building material that DARE claims is stronger than cinder blocks !
The multi-colored bottle caps extend from the 624 square foot bungalow’s wall, creating a facade that gives an otherwise dull building a lovely splash of color. DARE received assistance from African Community Trust , a London-based NGO, and hopes to roll out similar buildings in the future. This project has the potential to not only improve the housing shortage, but clean up the streets as well!
+ DARE 
Via Physorg 
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URLs in this post:
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/11/Nigeria-bottle-house-1.jpg
 Development Association for Renewable Energies: http://www.pciaonline.org/dare
 earthquake resistant: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Earthquake_engineering
 Image: http://inhabitat.com/wp-content/blogs.dir/1/files/2011/11/Nigeria-bottle-house-2.jpg
 cinder blocks: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Concrete_masonry_unit
 African Community Trust: http://africancomtrust.com/
 Physorg: http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-11-plastic-bottles-nigeria-housing-problem.html
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