For Nev Hyman, Firewire surfboards is no longer a professional focus. While he still designs by request for the company he created, he’d rather let (new owner) Kelly Slater, Tomo, Jon Pyzel and the rest of the gang handle things while he focuses on building strong, resilient homes for weather-devastated countries. And, fair enough. To read the full article written by Elliot Struck of STAB click here.

The following is taken from NevHouse’s entry into the architectural category of the Australian Good Design Awards. “This initial community development project in Vanuatu can be scaled to support the long term sustainable development objectives for the rebuild of Vanuatu. This includes the provision of more than 5,000 classrooms, medical clinics and houses over an agreed period – and also includes NevHouse working with local people to enable them to become skilled and trained in assembling these structures. There is also a feasibility study to be undertaken on the establishment of a waste management and manufacturing facility in Vanuatu – to address the plastic waste problem and provide employment and other skills for the people living in Vanuatu”. To see the full entry on the Good Design Awards website click here.

… and not just any old homes either.

The ginger genius behind Nev Future Shapes and Firewire has put his mind toward NevHouse, a venture that he struck upon almost by chance. Yet from unlikely beginnings Nev has created what he calls a “social, economic, and environmental solution to a global problem.”

Nev spoke to Swellnet about NevHouse.  To read the full article click here.

On May 19th, the Sydney Morning Herald wrote “Respected Australian surfboard designer Nev Hyman and architect Ken McBryde, of leading design house HASSELL, have collaborated to create a series of cyclone-resistant shelters for remote Vanuatu communities decimated by Cyclone Pam in March 2015.

The shelters, which were based around an initial prototype called NevHouse, utilise recycled plastic and laminated veneer lumber to realise their distinctive design featuring high-pitched roofs, large overhangs and floor-to-ceiling louvres for maximum ventilation in tropical environments. The buildings take only five days to construct and are designed to withstand a category-five cyclone. To read the full article click here.

Channel 9’s Emma O’Rourke reports on an initiative by NevHouse to deliver hope and homes to people on remote Tanna Island, in Vanuatu.  In an interview, the Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop stated “the people of Vanuatu have been through a very devastating experience”. Founder Nev Hyman explains how NevHouse is taking plastic out of the environment and using it to create panels for the homes.  Click here to view.

In an article published by the Vanuatu Daily on May 4th, it is claimed that the Minister of Health, Toara Daniel, has announced following his visit inside the house with the Director General, George Taleo, the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Trades, Commerce, Tourism and Industry, Joe Natuman, Minister of Infrastructure Jotham Napat, Minister of Internal Affairs Alfred Moah and other government dignities. The tour was led by members of the NevHouse. Minister Daniel said he will negotiate with Dr Robert Vocor and the management of Lenakel Hospital to make sure a nurse is recruited. Read the full article here.

In an article published by the Vanuatu Daily on May 3rd 2016, Anita Roberts writes “Communities on Tanna that bore the brunt of cyclone Pam last year were the first in the south pacific to have been delivered with an innovative housing solution pioneered by Australia’s NevHouse Company. Under agreement with the Vanuatu Government, the company has been constructing affordable, cyclone-proof houses to meet the lifestyle needs of the people, by replacing the semi- permanent buildings in any future cyclone. Pioneered by the Australian surfing entrepreneur Nev Hyman, NevHouse company recycles plastic and wood into a sturdy composite building product”. To read the full article click here.