The United Nations Specialized Agency GIDIFA is tasked with building some seven and one-half million homes in the opening phases of its work in the Philippines. There are also discussions at various stages of progression with groups in Brazil, across Africa, New Zealand, Australia, the Caribbean and other global locations where construction, including housing is going to be necessary. As such, there will be numerous contractors selected from around the globe to receive funding for housing projects to house the working class poor, the homeless and even to build homes for those people moved in for industry, production and other infrastructure as it is developed. While standards have been set in much of the world for housing for the poor, once again, GIDIFA is breaking that mould in order to more fully integrate these people into society and to assist them in becoming more productive, contributing members of that society. Primary considerations for funding for housing projects will be the ability to build numerous different designs within the same range of square-footage and innovative, safe and secure construction technologies. These programs are being implemented as of the time of this writing and will continue for many years to come.
The initial phase of construction in the Philippines alone will be seven and one-half million homes. In short, there are more than enough homes for a great many contractors to take part. It is very likely that there will be additional projects in a great many other nations. Negotiations are currently under way for similar projects in many other countries around the globe. Once the treaties have all been signed, all of the participating nation-states will have housing projects beginning in earnest. In addition to the housing projects, many communities will be built as well. The Integrated Community Developments will involve a great deal more than just housing but there will be plenty of room for innovative construction technologies be it for homes or for other uses. (Please see the section for Funding for Construction Technologies for more information) For the purposes of this article, the primary focus will be on Housing Projects and home construction.
The homes to be constructed should be between one hundred and fifty and two hundred square meters. (Not square feet or square yards, but square meters) There should be a minimum of twenty different exterior designs to be built and for the people to choose from. Each of these designs should have different interior designs with anywhere between two and five bedrooms and at least two bathrooms and a kitchen. Home prices should include the price of the homes in a completed state and ready to be moved into. It is understood that there may be some variations in pricing but a little bit of research should provide a sufficient amount of information to determine an average price for materials in the location where the homes are being built. There will also be additional variants that need to be taken into consideration as well.
Many of the construction technologies that are being considered are unique in certain areas, in this case, more specifically in the area of disaster mitigation through innovative construction techniques. Some of these construction technologies are more general in nature and resistant to many different types of disasters while some are more specific in nature and resistant to fewer types of disasters. This is a very important consideration to be looked at as it will help to determine where projects for any particular company may or may not be viable. It is not necessary to build a home that is typhoon-resistant in an area that has never suffered through a typhoon. The same is true with Tsunamis and many other individual types of natural (or man-made) disaster. What should be obvious is that construction technologies that are proven resistant to more types of disasters will be eligible for housing and construction projects in more different areas.