Build Back Better with Ed and Gina: Creating Local Markets for Low-energy Materials

Habitat for Humanity


Post-disasters, most families immediately start to self-recover with what is available to them in terms of access and affordability – How do we bring environmentally sustainable shelter materials to families that are self-recovering?

Meet Ed and Gina. They live in Cebu, the Philippines. Ed and Gina live in a modest home they have built over the course of 20 years, investing when remittances come available or when they had savings from their jobs.

Their home looks nice and they are proud to call it their own. Their son has warned Ed and Gina that if an earthquake happens, to run to the front yard for shelter. Their roof doesn’t have roof tiles. In a typhoon it will come off. Finally, its built with blocks that were not of highest quality.

But what if after Typhoon Haiyan Ed and Gina had repaired their home with a certain material? Accessed high quality labor that installed foundations? And installed solar panels to give them steady energy access?

What if we could help Ed and Gina access a product that made their home more resilient and reduced the environmental impact of their building structure? The construction sector is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Habitat would like to change that.

We want to support local companies in developing materials and producing them at scale so that they can bring them to the market and sell cheaper. We need to scale production. We need to work to change the social norms that inhibit people from working or building with these materials.

Who can help Habitat with funds, connections to relevant partners and technical expertise from like-minded organizations to make the Creation of Local Markets for Low-energy Materials happen?

Please contact Jennifer Oomen at


This call will run on a rolling basis with the final deadline on 21st December 2020


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