Last updated on June 18, 2015
Cancun, Q.R. – The municipalities of Benito Juarez and Solidarity are promoting a new sustainable housing project in Mexico.
The local Ecocasas, which have been gaining ground in the state of Quintana Roo, are expected to expand and include apartments and houses. Victor Ceballos Tinajero, CEO of Icasa, explains, “They provide comfortable and accessible houses in urban areas while helping to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.”
Figures from the program show a projection of about 4,000 of the homes should completed before 2019. The first stage of a new Ecocasa development in Benito Juarez will be ready before the end of this year. The eco-sustainable development will consist of 704 apartments in Supermanzana 253.
“Each home will feature energy saving bulbs, water-saving keys and ceramic partition walls, allowing developers the freedom to choose the solution that suits them by the method of ‘overall performance of housing,’ ” according to the Federal Mortgage Society (SHF).
Various organic materials such as special partition to regulate the indoor temperature combined with solar heaters on the roofs of houses can help residents reduce expenses for energy consumption along with carbon emissions.
The report of the SHF says that 12,320 homes nationwide have already joined the program. The goal is to have 27,600 homes financed by the end of 2019.
Last week, ECOCASA received the Ashden International Award, a major recognition of energy sustainability in the world.
Both the Mexican development bank Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (SHF), in collaboration with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the German Development Bank (KfW), have joined to finance the housing projects for being sustainable and environmentally friendly and contributeing to the fight against climate change.