The Haiti Expo demonstrates why concrete supplies are critical
CementTrust has been following the progress of this event and we have been anxious to see what is being presented. Because of our interest in concrete, we are naturally drawn to anything that looks like it might be a cement-based building material.
It appears that concrete will be a major contributor to the success of Haiti’s reconstruction efforts, if this EXPO is any indication. Most of the unique home designs are using concrete for a foundation material and the more traditional homes are using a great deal of concrete for blocks, plaster or stucco.
Because there is so much cement-based product being used at this demonstration event, our concerns with Haiti’s concrete supply system are growing. If they don’t improve the quality of concrete production then the rebuilding efforts will not be sustainable and the concept of building back better will fail.
This photo was taken by “TC” of Oregon at the BBBC expo site, where an American contractor was using local Haitian labor to mix concrete on the open ground. TC suggested in frustration that, “nothing has changed.. nor will it ever change.”
Though it is sad to witness Haitians still mixing concrete on the ground, we are encouraged by the reports that most of the concrete provided for the BBBC Expo came from more modern ready-mix equipment.
We hope that the publicity and outcry concerning concrete quality is beginning to make a difference in the way Haiti thinks of building back better. Solid foundations and better quality cement-based materials will make the recovery of Haiti much more sustainable.
We are happy that the BBBC event is showcasing concrete as the construction material of choice for Haiti’s foundations. We pledge our efforts to seeing that there is less mixing on the ground…