Step into the Houses of Tomorrow: the Philippines

An estimated 3 billion people will need access to adequate housing by 2030. We must meet this challenge in a way that is sustainable, improves living standards for all and helps communities thrive.

Our researchers are constantly innovating to make sustainable construction possible at scale. With our Houses of Tomorrow project, we are translating their work into real world solutions through housing projects in many different parts of the world, in collaboration with architects and engineers.

One example is the Kanya Kawayan Weaving Center in the Philippines. It is a community center built on a sugar cane farm using sustainable design techniques such as the cement-bamboo frame technology and our low-carbon ECOPlanet cement. It will provide a space for local residents to transform waste from the sugar cane at the local farm into products they can sell, bringing additional income to the community and improving living standards.

Let’s take a virtual tour of the Kanya Kawayan Weaving Center with our colleagues Ryan and Erwin:

The Kanya Kawayan Weaving Center boasts a unique design that utilizes BASE’s Cement Bamboo Frame Technology (CBFT), a prefabricated frame system using load-bearing bamboo with metal connections and mortar cement plaster. The system has been tested for resistance against natural calamities like earthquakes and typhoons, even fires and insect infestations. More importantly, CBFT helps in Kanya Kawayan’s goal of sustainability as it has 60% less carbon footprint compared to usual structural materials.

Other Houses of Tomorrow currently underway include a multi-residential eco housing project in Madrid, a university building in Athens, a social housing project in France and an affordable housing project in Costa Rica. These will complement prior houses built in Kenya, India, France, Mexico and Canada with a CO2 reduction in the concrete ranging from 20% to 50%.

By working in multiple countries around the globe and across the value chain with our partners in design, architecture and project delivery, we can use our sustainable and innovative products to reduce the carbon footprint of buildings today while building the houses of tomorrow.

Ryan Roberts| Head of Sustainable Construction at Holcim