Bill Gates invests in eco-friendly construction projects in Uruguay. The American tycoon has a project through his investment fund-Breakthrough Energy- from where drives the sustainable construction all over the world. Thus, it seeks to do its bit to reduce unfavorable conditions for humanity.
Bill Gates donated 30 million dollars for the construction of sustainable houses to the company Vantem, located in the United States, to encourage global expansion that includes a new subsidiary plant in Uruguay.
The investment of Breakthrough Energy is a fund created to combat climate change and in which they also participate Jeff Bezos, Jack Ma, Richard Branson, and Kleiner Perkins.
The system of these houses, of the modular type, is more efficient, since requires less power consumptionIn addition to having a low cost (between 850 and 1,250 dollars per square meter).
It is believed that Brazil and Argentina could also receive investments by the project of this Uruguayan company. “A very powerful combo” between costs, time and energy savings, assured the director of Vantem, in charge of the project.
How are the sustainable houses promoted by Bill Gates
Vantem uses a SIP (structural insulation panel) construction system based on two cement plates with a thermal insulation in the middle. Each piece is between 3 and 4 square meters. Precisely these Vantem panels are four times more efficient in terms of energy consumption.
The construction system is dry and industrialized, with thermal insulation panels that generate a high-performance solution in terms of energy, as well as being faster for the structure and masonry. For its manufacture, Vantem It does not use potable water and no polluting waste is generated.
But also, as most of the production is done inside the factory -assembling the house with furniture and paint- and then it is moved to the final place, this reduces the impact of the carbon footprint by 75%, depending on the company. And the costs of the same drop between 25 and 30%.
The construction of a standard model house, with 2 bedrooms and a bathroom, takes 30 daysnot counting the installation in the field. They can build between 15 and 20 houses per month: by 2024 they plan to produce 50 houses per month.
The Uruguayan firm has 50% capital from the United States and 50% Uruguayan, and began operating in Uruguay in 2017. They already have nearly 250,000 square meters built, among which the modular hotel for the UPM company stands out.
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Bill Gates invested US$30 million to build sustainable houses in Uruguay | Up to 20 homes will be made per month