Low investment costs as key driver for upscaling alternative construction technologies

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Cancio Diaz, Y. , Archilla, H. F. , Celentano, G. , Habert, G. and Edwin, Z. E. and ETH Zürich, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Central de las Villas, Santa Clara, Cuba, BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, Bath University, Great Britain (2016) Low investment costs as key driver for upscaling alternative construction technologies. In: Franscini, S. , ed. No Cost Housing Conference, ETH, Zurich, Switzerland, 30 June - 1 July 2016. ETH: https://www.research-collection.ethz.ch/handle/20.500.11850/122985 Available from: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/39725

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This study aims to assess alternative materials withstanding low capital investment, with the potential of providing housing affordability for low-income communities. By combining Life Cycle Assessment and Return on Capital Employed techniques, it has been found that glue laminated bamboo housing projects and low carbon cement-based construction materials could foster the scalability of dwellingplaces with higher profitability than conventional Ordinary-Portland-Cement-wise investment strategy. The resulting light capital production materials not only can be able to maintain selling prices at an affordable rate, but also will drive more easily the current market for the bottom of the pyramid populations. Through this shift in the material development, the diffusion of appropriate technology implementation on large scale can be more effectively targeted. Finally, these technologies have a lower environmental impact than conventional ones allowing at the same time as a large scale implementation, a potential low carbon path in least developed emerging economies countries.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords: low investment, cement, bamboo, CO2
Faculty/Department: Faculty of Environment and Technology
Depositing User: Dr H. F. Archila
Date Deposited: 04 Mar 2019 16:12
Last Modified: 04 Mar 2019 16:12
URI: http://eprints.uwe.ac.uk/id/eprint/39725

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