Habitat Living Lab

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Information doc: 

Mrs. Leonora M. L. Mol, +55 27 8807 2457, leonora@ateliedeideias.org.br Dra. Míriam de M. Pinto, +55 27 4009 2673, miriam@ct.ufes.br Vitória, Espírito Santo, Brazil.

Effective member: 

The Habitat Living Lab is a social network ecosystem for Research & Development, Education and Continuing Education, which has the purpose to develop and apply environmental friendly technologies in collaboration with low-income communities, to improve the conditions of urban housing and rural properties, aiming to contribute to supply the basic human needs of adequate housing, clean water, healthy food, renewable energy and proper treatment and disposal of waste. The developed technologies may be related to any aspect of the housing problems of low income people and therefore necessarily to be focused on solutions of low cost and maintenance.

The environmental education and the community participation are used in the technology development, respecting local culture and thus, contributing to the local development process. The involved users should be organized in forums or other movements for discussion as this allows for interaction and involvement of them with the LL activities, from the planning to technologies implementation and evaluation. Habitat Living Lab has already chosen some communities through their representative movements to work with Fórum Bem Maior.

References and Track Record

As Habitat Living Lab has crosswise fields of action, focusing on the housing issue, it is not restricted to one technology, product or phase of a product life cycle. At the present moment its activities are focused on clean technologies for construction of houses: soil-cement brick, architectural design that include principles of environmental sustainability and solar panels for water heating at low cost.