Sustainable housing created with Sugar Cane ash

By Valeria Bigurra Peñavera

The material is 3 times more resistant than concrete

Axel Villavicencio Torres is a doctor in Architecture, specializing in modeling urban structures and sustainable housing.His project "Eco-efficient building system for social housing", which he designed in collaboration with Dr. Martha Poisot, won the first place in the Newton Fund Video Competition in August of this year.

ViviendaSustentable4Original Image: "Dispositivo de Combustible Seguro" by Conacyt, used under CC BY 4.0 license, via Agencia Informativa Conacyt.

The project is based on the creation of a construction material made from cellulose waste and sugarcane ash, which offers a three times greater resistance to concrete. The National Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt) was in charge of financing the research, through the Fund for Scientific Development Projects to Address National Problems.

The material was developed to be used in the construction of houses of social interest, and is a compound mainly formed by cellulose wastes and sugarcane ash that through a chemical reaction form a resistant structure.

ViviendaSustentable3Original Image: "Dispositivo de Combustible Seguro" by Conacyt, used under CC BY 4.0 license, via Agencia Informativa Conacyt.

One of the characteristics of the material is that it avoids that the ions emigrate to the steel, thus preventing corrosion, besides resisting up to 750 kilograms per square centimeter, which gives a much greater resistance to that of the concrete, and is completely impermeable and acoustic.

Villacencio specializes in the design of sustainable housing systems, a branch that he has been dedicated to for 10 years, since he ensures that the housing system must be developed in a sustainable way for the daily use of families, so that they can enjoy a decent habitat and a better quality of life.

ViviendaSustentable2Original Image: "Dispositivo de Combustible Seguro" by Conacyt, used under CC BY 4.0 license, via Agencia Informativa Conacyt.

In an interview with Conacyt, Dr. Villacencio said that when he began to develop sustainable architecture, "in Mexico was something little known, and among his first projects focused on sustainable technology, there was the provision of electric energy through the slope of a mantle Aquifer, to supply an architectural system."

This project is certainly a challenge for its creators, because the real problem in developing technology is that the beneficiary ends up using it in another way, because from the beginning the design is inadequate. The design must be focused on the receiver, it is essential to keep in mind the needs of the people.

Finally, it is important to mention that the build cost is up to 50% less with this material, and it allows the construction of a home to be carried out in a week, so in case of natural disasters are an excellent alternative.

ViviendaSustentableOriginal Image: "Dispositivo de Combustible Seguro" by Conacyt, used under CC BY 4.0 license, via Agencia Informativa Conacyt.

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