Fresh from mixing it with royals in chilly London, Nev Hyman is returning to more comfortable surroundings, debuting his NevHouse concept on the beach at the Laguna Real Estate Noosa Festival of Surfing.

Nev’s multi-award winning concept, which was deployed in Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam in 2015, provides inexpensive, disaster-proof housing made from recycled materials. The NevHouse prototype will be built right on the sand at First Point in Noosa Heads. As the central hub of the festival pushing a sustainability theme, it will allow the public to gain a first-hand experience of Nev’s design for the first time in Australia.

In December, Nev won the global [email protected] start-up competition at a special event at St James’s Palace in London. He has also established the Luxembourg-based NevEarth Fund, where investors can make a return on their investment while funding the development of the NevHouse concept.

“NevHouse aims to resolve two pressing global issues – ending plastic waste and providing durable and affordable housing solutions – with once concept,” says Nev.

“We have created a versatile house made with recycled material.

“[It] is cheap and easy to build, and can stand up to the worst that the environment can throw at it.”

Nev has plans to build recycling facilities in Australia to create the wall panels for the NevHouse buildings from local plastic waste, having recently signed a memorandum of understanding with Illawarra Regional Alliance. This will progress the NevHouse manufacturing operations, as well as an Indigenous eco-tourism park and commercial surfing wave pool.

The Noosa Festival of Surfing will take place from 10 to 17 March 2018.

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