Los Angeles, CA, April 14, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- The recent earthquake in Haiti is a disaster of immense proportion that presents the reconstruction efforts with arduous logistical and organizational challenges. Humanitarian assistance is geared towards providing immediate shelter and the larger task of rebuilding entire infrastructure and communities. According to experts, among which are the Clinton Foundation, long term development plans must also encompass goals for a sustainable future as well as develop local economies.
The most serious immediate concern is to proactively plan for heavy risks of flooding once the rainy season starts, while also anticipating upcoming hurricanes. The larger question in reconstruction efforts is also to analyze the type of construction method most appropriate to disaster relief, speediness of operation as well as seismic code compliance to minimize future risks.
Green Container International Aid is an organization that is led by world-known sustainable architect and visionary, Richard Moreta. He has assembled a team of international experts in Europe, Mexico, the Caribbean and the U.S. that combine architectural and engineering expertise with sustainability, impeccable product delivery and logistics.
To address the need for speedy provision of housing and sustainable architecture, Richard and his team designed a comprehensive building method and delivery system by repurposing the discarded structures of shipping containers that clog our ports throughout the world. “Richard's Architecture+Design” and “GMZ-Design” builds on prior extensive experience in using shipping containers for similar purposes in Bosnia (former Yugoslavia) in 2001, as well as in Milan and Portenonne (Italy) in 2002. Mr. Moreta collaborated with the United Nations and the U.S Corps of Engineers, to pioneer this adaptive and creative reuse of abandoned containers into functional, safe and cost-effective habitats. Shipping containers construction meet the needs of seismic zones and exceed structural code in the United States and any country in the world.
Green Container International Aid provides the following logistical services:
-Establishing Community Resource Center and Reconstruction Studio,
-Sorting out building ownership,
-Building transitional shelters, health clinics, schools, and permanent sustainable housing through the vast array of flexible solutions offered by containers recycling.
Richard Moreta has made it his personal mission to rebuild community in Haiti through his long-term plan. Upon hearing of the disaster, he embarked on a global tour “Operation Haiti” for the release of abandoned containers in our ports to be donated as shelters for the people of Haiti. His vision as a humanitarian is to give power back to the people through neighborhood reconstruction while reducing waste.
Versatile sustainable solutions ranging from rural to urban-compatible settings also include green roofs, solar arrays, storm-water run-off management, reducing water consumption and bio-climatic technology solutions to make this project zero energy. The proprietary construction method is based on a new concept of a metabolic macrostructure steel frame in which containers are inserted through rubber rollers that also used for acoustic insulation. This was identified as an important need in this type of construction. This system is easily scalable in response to evolving needs, without interrupting the life of the inhabitants that are already living in the complex. Using such a system will facilitate the management process of the living complex, because the vertical arrangement of containers mimics the vertical nature of the cities.
Green Container International Aid was inspired by a combination of compassion and intelligence. Human needs are at the heart of the creative process, when often simple but effective solutions are discovered.
Mr. Moreta is currently en-route to Haiti and the Dominican Republic, accompanied by Rinaldo Nardon (IT), Joe Kheder, LeRoy Delisle, and Gary Shrewsbury (US) (Lansing, MI) to unveil his plans for Haitian rebuilding programs.