Access to decent, 'Affordable housing' is so fundamental to the health and well-being of people and the smooth functioning of economies that it is embedded in the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But most cities struggle with the dual challenges of housing their poorest citizens and providing housing at a reasonable cost for low- and middle-income populations. Building a home entails all sorts of investments—money, time, labour and patience. We all want that ‘forever home’ we have always dreamed of and hence, we strive for perfection. But, in all this, we tend to forget that the gestation period puts a drain on not only your resources but also pollutes the environment with the kind of building materials we use.
Fireproof and waterproof Paper Homes using recycled paper!! Hexpressions, Jaipur build houses using walls made of recycled paper in 2 weeks. The houses are built using composite honeycomb sandwich panels. 1 sq. ft of panels can withstand up to 100 kgs of load. Each of the panels is constructed using strips of sturdy recycled paper which are folded in a hexagonal shape and arranged like cells. The hexagonal-shaped cells are then sandwiched between two panels made from plywood or cement fibreboard. To maintain shape and structure, galvanized iron channels are used on the four edges of the panels. By using recycled paper, the carbon footprint of structures is 80% less than that of conventional ones. Already 6 homes are built using the sustainable technology. It is an affordable housing solution with new age sustainable raw material.
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