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With respect to construction, a house is a foundation, a frame for strength and WALLS, leaving an opening for ingress and egress, windows for ventilation and a roof for cover; Of course each house should comply with the laws of the country dictated by the housing codes with respect to safety, fire resistance, earthquake resistance and other regulations concerning health, waste, etc.

The building should be:  safe  strong  secure  earthquake resistant  Healthy—free of allergens and asbestos  accessible, affordable, easy to construct, sustainable  energy friendly  fire resistant  approved by the communities  preferably constructed by the communities  have low maintenance costs, be eco-friendly, and it must be possible to be erected quickly

The Veerhuis Wall system fits all different types of frames:  Wood  Concrete  Blocks  warm steel  light weight steel,which is the preferred frame in the Veerhuis Concept

School with a wooden frame

Frame: STEEL

Frame: Concrete






South Africa


A Veerhuis is an ecofriendly, low-cost, energysaving, low GHG-emission, healthy, safe, strong, better,low maintenance and high quality house suitable for all climates and all cultures and suitable on a global level.

The essence of the VeerHouse is the use of an already existing insulation material – Expanded Poly Styrene (EPS) – as a full fledged building material for the ―SKIN‖ of the building only, thereby reducing and or replacing the use of bricks, stones, cement, concrete and wood. The use of certain traditional materials such as insulation and Tyvek paper is eliminated altogether.

Expanded Polystyrene ( EPS) originates from Crude Oil.

EPS may be the only oil derivate, which actually helps to protect our environment and saves our resources.

Insulation products from EPS save energy for both heating and cooling.

EPS is 100 % recyclable and re-usable.

The material:

 is strong;  is easy to handle without the use of heavy duty machines;  is safe, and does not burn easily;  insulates the outside temperatures - both hot and cold;  is ecologically inactive, recyclable and reusable even after a lifetime;  requires minimum maintenance;  does not need expensive tools in the construction phase  lends itself to speedy construction, with the possibility for expansion later, in all directions  is light in weight and can therefore be built on nearly every surface; and  can be produced locally

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is hygienic does not disintegrate is not hygroscopic cannot rot and gives no shelter to fungi, is resistant to frost has no caloric value for rats, mice or termites, does not smell, does not release any harmful gases does not contain CFC (chlorofluorocarbons) causes no cancer emits no Radon produces no fine dust; is not irritant for the skin and is very easy to handle with simple instruments. can be delivered in prefabricated modules; assembly is very simple, hence, it does not require highly trained workers and it is relatively cheap.

KOMO Meets all requirement according to Dutch building standards Resulted in a so called KOMO agreement

Production of EPS uses 50% less Energy in comparison with alternative materials (GUA:Gesellschaft fur umfassende EPS produces 7 times less GHG emission than alternative materials (GUA) Chemically neutral and neutral to the environment. Pollution of air and surfacewater is very low EPS can be reused and recycled

Burning of EPS produces less harmful materials in comparison to for example wool, cork or even wood.

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Feedstock Energy is about 50 MJ/kg; however during proper combustion or thermal recycling 80% is regained. Product energy is 40MJ/kg. Because EPS has a low density the Energy Content ( feedstock + Production Energy) per square meter is lower than other insulating materials. 1Litre Fossil Fuel used for the production of EPS saves 200 Litres Fossil Fuel for combustion It will save energy and it will stop the depletion of other important natural resources such as wood, sand, cement and potable water. Cement, chalk or gypsum will not affect the material. In fact the whole construction can be done virtually without cement (cement is worldwide responsible for 10% of the CO2 emission). Less transport with heavy machinery and trucks, leading to a decrease in transport, less traffic problems and a decrease in fine dust. A dramatic decrease in energy consumption of up to 70% with a concommitant reduction of Green House Gases(GHG).

Low maintenance required

No solid waste generation

Light weight steel Wood frame Steel frame

Window brace in the EPS

Electricity in the EPS

Wall snap for hanging up a picture frame

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The construction is earthquake and hurricane resistant and fire retardant. It is simple and training can be achieved in 10 days Construction of the building is 4-5 times faster Extentions, or additions, can be implemented in all directions without incident Heavy machinery is not required Less lost time accidents(LTA´s) Less occupational health problems Gender friendly Globally applicable

in relation to Kyoto/Climate: Without extra active behavioural changes of the consumers is it already possible to achieve a significant decrease in the energy consumption and the CO2 emission.

in relation to Disasters: With the Veerhouse system it is possible to build much faster. The houses are earthquake and hurricane resistant.

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Millennium Development Goals:

Because of the fact that EPS consists of 95 % of Air, it is necessary to produce the EPS locally, which is possible and simple and not expensive.This will lead to:  Job creation  poverty reduction  gaining dignity, investment, local training and transfer of knowledge  the possibility for Shelter for All

The Veerhuis building concept offers solutions for various building types, such as: Villas Middle class homes Shelter homes Holiday homes Floating homes Office, commercial and retail buildings Schools, hospitals Factories, barracks, airplane hangars Additions or extentions at all levels

Veerhuis wall possibilities

The Veerhuis building system can be applied in every existing building construction type.

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