Base-Builds: GROW BUILD TRANSFORM | Our Technology
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Our Technology

Innovative technology is the catalyst behind the actualization of Base Bahay’s mission to promote sustainable socialized housing. Base Bahay’s unique engineering solutions enable the organization to efficiently respond to the needs of every beneficiary community, while preventing environmental degradation and reducing costs in the process. Above all, our partner beneficiaries- marginalised communities, individuals, and families – are in the centre of everything that we do.  Product development efforts focus on four main pillars: Participatory Iterative Design Process, Technical Performance, Environmental Performance, and Construction of Houses.

PARTICIPATORY ITERATIVE DESIGN PROCESS

In order to guarantee that Base Bahay homes are consistently suitable to the exact needs of each beneficiary community, members of these communities and local architects are directly involved in the housing design process. This ensures that Base Bahay and its partners are able to deliver quality work for the satisfaction all beneficiaries.

Base Bahay Cement Bamboo Frame

TECHNICAL PERFORMANCE

With the completion of the physical and mechanical properties assessment of particular bamboo species in the Philippines, Base has gathered the know-how of designing houses to withstand the wind loads according to the National Structural Code of the Philippines. Moreover, Earthquake behavior of bamboo houses has been scientifically studied and evidence has shown that bamboo houses are far less damaged after seismic events than wrongly build or not reinforced massive houses. The technology has proven itself through experience, thus enabling the legal approval by local authorities: Base Cement Bamboo Frame Technology has been granted AITECH Certification (Accreditation of Innovative Technologies for Housing).

Test houses in Guinobatan, Albay (later hit by Typhoon Ruby), and Bagong Silangan (reference house). 

ENVIRONMENTAL PERFORMANCE

A key objective for us is to have a positive impact on the environment. According to a thorough Life-Cycle Analysis (LCA), our housing concept proves environmental saving potential of on average a factor 5 compared to conventional houses, which relates to around seven tons of CO2 equivalents savings per housing unit. The results become meaningful at scale considering the number of houses needed within the Philippines but also within South East Asia and possibly beyond.

CONSTRUCTION OF DEMO HOUSES

This project intends to lift alternative construction technologies with scientific research into a modern and legally approved context. It takes people along in the process which is seen crucial for customer acceptance – we make slum dwellers experience these materials and ways to build under real life conditions. The construction of the three double-story demo houses in Iloilo, Western Visayas, and the three single story houses in Bicol, Albay, were a great opportunity to do so.