Faculty Advisor

Gerstenfeld, Arthur

Faculty Advisor

Vernon-Gerstenfeld, Susan


Energy efficiency is rarely incorporated in the designs of exiting houses in informal settlements. The goal of this project was to develop technical guidelines for the refurbishment of these houses in Windhoek, Namibia. Community development was essential for the successful implementation of this project. In conjunction with residents, a shack was refurbished to determine the effectiveness of different energy efficiency modifications. With the success of the project, we demonstrated how the quality of life could be improved for shack-dwellers in Windhoek and a model was developed that, if promoted, could be used worldwide in similar climates.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2004

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project


Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department


Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs