the tycoon Bill Gates continues to pour part of his immense wealth into investments “eco friendly“. Now in Uruguay with a project to build sustainable houses.
Through your investment fund –Breakthrough Energy– from where it promotes sustainable construction throughout the world, it seeks to do its bit in reducing unfavorable conditions for humanity.
Bill Gates contributed $30M for the construction of sustainable houses to the company Vantem, located in the United States, to encourage a global expansion that includes a new plant of the subsidiary 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 Y Kleiner-Perkins. Argentina and Brazil could be on the fund’s radar for other investments.
What is Bill Gates’ sustainable housing project like?
The system of these houses, of the modular type, is more efficient, since it requires less energy consumption, in addition to having a low cost (between 850 and 1,250 dollars per square meter).
Vantem use a construction system Yep (structural insulation board, for its acronym in English) based on two cement boards with a thermal insulation in between. 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 does not use drinking 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%.
A standard 2-bedroom, 1-bathroom model home takes 30 days to build, not counting field installation. They can build between 15 and 20 houses per month: by 2024 they plan to produce 50 houses per month.
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