CSIP House - Harlem, New York City, New York
In 2005, FAS partnered with Buy America to Build Africa (BABA), an affiliate of the United African Congress (UAC), to construct a house model to be used in a breakthrough effort to build 10,000 homes in West Africa. The homes were to be of varying sizes and designs, and were to be used for both emergency and permanent use, as the panels themselves are reusable.
The small 2-bedroom demonstration house was built in a parking lot in front of the Metropolitan Community United Methodist Church on 1975 Madison Avenue (at the corner of 126th Street and Madison Avenue). Made from cement-fiber faced structural insulated panels, the building was constructed largely with unskilled labor in less than five days. The home was capable of standing up to category 5 winds (up to 200 miles per hour), and passed rigorous fire and moisture testing. After its completion, the home was dismantled and shipped to Sierra Leone.