Technical Advisor on earthquake resistant house construction and retrofitting, renewable energy, thermal insulation, WASH, biogas and ICS.
Tot 09-2014: Senior project ingenieur bouwkundig versterken bij NAM, Assen, voor de geïnduceerde aardbevingen en trainingsmateriaal.

Recent activities: consultancy on PV battery storage in hot climate, 

Nepal post earthquake reconstruction programme and livelihood, 

Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) and thermal insulation in Pakistan and Tajikistan Himalayas.

Document about Client Focussed Product Development (CFPD), with detailed explanation of the process of product development for the improvement of livelyhood of people in high altitude housing of the Himalayas.  Client Focussed Product Development, September 2011, 2.23 MB, 31 pages.

Development of training material and training modules as part of business development.
Curriculum Development, Framework or outline for vocational training modules. Including objectives, training topics, learning aims, content of course, logic framework and the lesson plan. October 2011, 830 kB, 17 pages.

Woonhuis elektriciteit analyse. Exel tabel waarop per ruimte het elektrische apparaat of lamp wordt ingevoerd. Door ook de laatste kolommen in te vullen kan beoordeeld worden of het economisch zinvol is om een lamp of toestel te vervangen. 0.1MB

Document on training for marketing for house improvements for small entrepreneurs. Marketing for House Improvements (April 2012) 27 pages, 2MB

Aardbevingen in de provincie Groningen in Nederland ten gevolge van de aardgas exploitatie. Welke zijn de belangrijkste maatregels nodig voor seismisch versterken?  Basis Regels voor Seismisch en Bouwen en Versterken. 13 pagina's. 2,9 MB


email adres: sjoerd[at]nienhuys-dot-info

Thermal insulation for traditional/new houses in the Himalayas
The best method to reduce energy needs, save time, better health and reduce the recurrent costs for these aspects.
Improved cooking methods are part of the training.

Post-disaster reconstruction:

Participatory human settlement and infrastructure development:

Earthquake analysis and housing reconstruction in Ecuador, Honduras, Yemen, Pakistan (Kashmir), Tajikistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Indonesia.

Technical Advice Reinforced Concrete Construction Aceh (2007), 2.6 MB, 30 pg.In Banda Aceh 2006 a number of tsunami reconstruction projects were visited and evaluated. Although most new building was of good standards, some common errors in reinforced concrete design were detected.

DevelopedUNCHS-Habitat training programme in Zambia for settlement officers. Housing projects in Kenya, Bolivia, Sri Lanka, Peru and Venezuela. Training staff on communication, technology on infrastructure, water and eco sanitation solutions. 

Technical advice on programme management and implementation with community participation and livelihood development. Kenya, Zambia, Nepal, Colombia, Peru, Honduras, Pakistan Tajikistan, Mozambique, Ecuador and Cameroun.

Micro and Small Enterprise (MSE):

Product development and testing through: Rapid Market Appraisal, vocational training, and Entrepreneur Exchange Visits in Bolivia, Ghana, Benin, Pakistan and Tajikistan.

Entrepreneur Exchange Training Visits gives detailed information how best to do training of adult but new entrepreneurs through aprentenship with skilled and experienced entrepreneurs. Manual Entrepreneur Host Taining Visits. 1.8 MB, 30 pages.

Renewable energy solutions:

Small-scale farm-based biogas reactors and CDM development, improved water mills (IWM), solar water heaters (SWH), PV and Improved Cooking Stoves (ICS) design and local manufacture.

Thin thermal insulation and use of passive solar energy or shading for housing.   Senegal, Ecuador, Zambia, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Nepal and Sri Lanka.

During the massive reconstruction programme many designs were created, but also some common mistakes realised in reinforced concrete constuction. Read more in paper.
The building team with international and national staff.