Collaboration Unlocks Answers: Providing a Sustainable Home for Underprivileged Families in Mexico

With the need for housing for underprivileged families in Mexico, DuPont and its customer, Repshel, looked for a sustainable solution to provide healthier and safer spaces. About 15 percent of the population lives in spaces with walls made with wasted wood or cardboard. These conditions are linked to digestive and respiratory diseases that affect children and the elderly.

To address the housing issue, “Polymer Housing” was developed, a solution that allows the construction of affordable houses using the “Do It Yourself” concept that also fulfills the requirements of the Mexican Government.  This system replaces brick walls with polymer panels reinforced with Elvaloy® resins  and titanium dioxide, mounted on a concrete floor and metal structures.

In this application, a polymer formula was needed with the required characteristics for breakage and opacity due to sun exposure and weather inclemency and to comply with minimum lifetime.  The system was validated by the Mexican Government through third party certifications.

The first demonstration occurred at the community of Betania and was constructed within three days and immediately occupied by a family.  The perception of the community changed – the house was cleaner, safer, allowed more sunlight and had lower maintenance costs.

A total of 5,072 units have been built and occupied, supporting low income families in various Mexican States. There are similar projects in progress in Chile, Argentina and Panama and interest from Brazil, Perú and Angola.

Grant Recipient:  The team has chosen the Centro de Cirugía Especial de México, I.A., an institution that provides surgeries free of charge to children living in extreme poverty, as the recipient of their grant.