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SUBJECT: Climate CoLab Judging Results
Proposal: Cyclone Resistant, Low Carbon and Low Cost Housing in Coastal Bangladesh
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2015 Climate CoLab Judges
It aims to start small and expand dramatically. It is pragmatic. However, the detailing of technical systems provided in the proposal is appallingly confused. An engineer with enough mathematical literacy to compute the volume of a tank, the weight of water, and the impacts on house design is a must for this proposal to succeed. Solar panels are expensive and 450 sq. ft. of panels would cost 10 years of income for a prosperous Bangladeshi family. 365 cubic feet of tank would hold 2500 gallons or 10,000 liters of water, weighing 10 metric tonnes. Placing this in the ceiling above a kitchen while reducing the heat dissipating space above the cooking is poor design, if not potentially catastrophic. Ten liters of water stored would be absurdly little for any practical purpose, and is besides completely inconsistent with the reported size of the tank. Other aspects of the proposal seem very thoughtful, though I would question some aspects of the wind-resistant design, especially rectilinear shape. These technical aspects of the design impede a full evaluation of the proposal.
A well presented proposal that is convincing in its technical detail and has the potential to make a clear difference in enhancing the resilience to climate change of rural communities in Bangladesh.
The proposal is focused on building a prototype house and its impact in increasing resilience will be dependent on the approach being replicated in communities. The proposal does not address the issue of where rural communities would source the funds to construct such housing from.
Semi-Finalist - Advance
SUBJECT: Your proposal has been selected as a Semi-Finalist!
Congratulations! Your proposal, Cyclone Resistant, Low Carbon and Low Cost Housing in Coastal Bangladesh in the Rural resilience contest, has been selected to advance to the Semi-Finalists round.
You will be able to revise your proposal and add new collaborators if you wish, from July 1st until July 14, 2015 at 23:59pm Eastern Time.
Judges' feedback are posted under the "Evaluation" tab of your proposal. Please incorporate this feedback in your revisions, or your proposal may not be advanced to the Finalists round. We ask you to also summarize the changes that you made in the comment section of the Evaluation tab.
At the revision deadline listed below, your proposal will be locked and considered in final form. The Judges will undergo another round of evaluation to ensure that Semi-Finalist proposals have addressed the feedback given, and select which proposals will continue to the Finalists round. Finalists are eligible for the contest’s Judges Choice award, as well as for public voting to select the contest’s Popular Choice award.
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2015 Climate CoLab Judges
An excellent idea that is clearly and persuasively presented. The proposal addresses a problem of immense importance, and whilst its direct impact is partial in only directly constructing two prototypes, the indirect impact could be very significant indeed. I do not have the technical expertise to assess the technical merits of the proposal or whether the budgeted costs are appropriate, but I am generally persuaded by the idea.
Sohara Mehroze Shachi
Jul 11, 2015
To simplify and elaborate the technical elements, I have added details regarding the specific structural components of the house. I have incorporated these into the body of the proposal, detailing the following three features of the house: - how it is low carbon - why the economic costs are low - how it is climate resilient I have also added a table containing the breakdown of the budgeted costs for easier understanding.