A lesser known issue for us was cultural adaptation and aesthetic concerns, which we found to be important in our international outreach efforts. Many companies provide housing solutions that have the appearance of American homes in foreign countries. However, a problem arises when otherwise grateful recipients realize their new home doesn't fit within their culture or use native materials. This can leave them feeling ostracized, and cause social unrest in the community. Results can be as severe as families being cast out.
With this in mind, we have developed a solution. We have designed our panels and shelters to provide cultural adaptation. For example, in Papua New Guinea the houses are constructed of a woven product on the outside, similar to palm fronds, and have a thatched type roof. They also have tilt out windows and are elevated off the ground due to the amount of annual moisture.
We can now change or add a PVC product to the skins of our product that looks like this vegetation. This shelter now looks and functions just like the local homes, while adding the sustainability and integrity that our system provides. We also have the ability to elevate our shelters to accommodate ground conditions where water is persistent.