Croatian Voice of Entrepreneurs Association Thinks Up Quake-Resistant House

Lauren Simmonds

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As Poslovni Dnevnik writes, the Croatian Voice of Entrepreneurs Association has pointed out that the reconstruction process in Sisak-Moslavina County should take place in two phases.

”As we’ve already said, the first phase is all about housing people, and the second phase is about reviving the economy and providing space for work. We’ve gathered partners and donors together and devised quality solutions that can help the reconstruction happen as soon as possible. Namely, our main goal is to ensure that the population doesn’t leave the area and that we revitalise the region in a quality way. Therefore, the Croatian Voice of Entrepreneurs Association Committee for Architecture and Construction has come and offered the first solution – a house, a typical, earthquake-resistant house that can be moved into quickly.

Since the launch of the “Entrepreneurs for Sisak-Moslavina County” initiative, we’ve been thinking about how and to whom we can donate funds, and we were guided by two ideas. First of all, we wanted to help right away, so we made the decision to buy 20 housing containers. In this way, we wanted to ensure that people have a roof over their heads while they wait for the renovation of their houses. After that, we made the decision to design and build this house. Only a week after the decision to build them, the house was designed, developed and presented to the public.

The designers, gathered within the Committee for Architecture and Construction of the Croatian Association of Entrepreneurs, prepared all the necessary documentation, project and cost estimates, and many of our members donated the materials needed for construction.

The basic guidelines when designing this sort of house are that the architecture is not invasive, that it naturally fits into the rural, suburban, and even the urban ambience of Banovina and Moslavina. The house is designed so that it can be detached. It was also important to have the possibility of building a ground floor, and later expanding to the attic space. In addition, the house is designed to be easily adaptable to almost all structural systems, so I’d like to invite donors of materials and structural systems to participate in this humanitarian action,” said Mislav Basic, coordinator of the Committee for Architecture and Construction of the Croatian Voice of Entrepreneurs Association.

There were several criteria which needed to be fulfilled when designing this house, known as the UGP (Udruga Glas Poduzetnika/Voice of Entrepreneurs Association) house. It should boast modern and functional architecture, must be resistant to earthquakes, and the house needs to be adapted to both urban and rural lifestyles. In addition, the house needed to be made to be adaptable to the expansion of a family and the lifestyles of three generations living under the same roof. In addition, it needed to be designed for a minimum of four household members.

”Although there are many elderly people living in the quake-affected area, we concluded that in the long run it is better to build a home that one day a family with children can move into. That is the demographic aspect of this project. We’re going to start the construction of the UGP houses as soon as the weather conditions allow for it. We plan that in just a month the contours of the house will be finished. We hope that the authorities will recognise our solutions and that we’ll be able to achieve some sort of mutual cooperation. We believe that for the area of ​​Sisak-Moslavina County, the key is unity and the desire to renew and revitalise the whole area as soon as possible. We hereby call on the Croatian Government to adopt an Act which would simplify the documentation procedures and which would speed up the process of obtaining permits for the construction of these houses. the Croatian Voice of Entrepreneurs Association will deal with all the necessary project documentation for the building permits, and the only thing we’re looking for is a reduction in bureaucracy,” the Association stated.

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