Construction of the truly affordable house is one of the most significant problems we face today.
Fixing affordable housing will not be easy. A solution will need to introduce new affordable housing finance schemes, bring reasonable solutions to land ownership and titling concerns, and introduce insurance products.
Between those targets, the solution must enhance income development, social inclusion, and reduce or cut environmental impacts.
Put another way; society must find a way to build a lot of affordable houses very quickly while improving the lives of its lowest-income members living at the bottom of the pyramid. This bottom contains all the poorest of the poor and is expanding at unprecedented rates.
As a business, IADDIC is on a mission to provide opportunities to take a product used to build middle-income housing and move it further down the pyramid.
Doing so requires a broad approach to the distribution of energy efficient and cost effective construction products.
These products must span middle-income housing on down to poverty housing and shelter. If a product cannot span that range, then it will not serve the lowest types of construction.
Here is why this is important. People in middle-income brackets can often afford to pay for housing. Granted, the purchaser may want more, but the point here is they can afford to make a purchase. The further down the pyramid one is, the less likely an opportunity exists to make a purchase.
One of the impediments to lowering the cost of the housing stock is slow construction. Slow construction leaves gaps in the process by stalling the free flow of materials to the job site. This, in turn, slows the receipt of funds for those materials.
Builders often take loans to pay for these gaps and as such pay carrying charges (interest). These charges are then passed down to the consumers.
Also, traditional building products are becoming more expensive. One of the main reasons for the high costs is a large amount of energy consumption needed to produce them. Cement is fast becoming one of the least sustainable building products on the market. As energy prices continue to rise, and sustainability becomes mandatory, cement will see a sharp decline in use.
Many traditional building materials are not sustainable. They will be displaced to make room for other readily available lower-cost commodity alternatives.
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As more housing uses these new products, they will flow further down the pyramid. Remember, at one time only the rich people built housing using bricks and block.
Who builds with brick and block today? Almost anyone who can? Bricks are common, come in all kinds of grades, and they are available to almost everybody on the planet.
But, that is not necessarily the best and most sustainable way to build. Bricks by themselves are not the problem; it is how a structure is built using them. In the West, bricks are generally for esthetics only. The house is not held together by the bricks but rather the structure behind them hold them in place.
Further down the pyramid, bricks become more functional. But the quality of the bricks also declines. And although cheaper and of lower quality, the same gaps exist. Here they are on a micro level but equally devastating.
Sun-dried bricks take a long time to make and are nowhere near as resilient as kiln-dried bricks. Closing these devastating gaps is imperative for improving housing stock across the board.
If brick and block are poor quality and not used structurally, and traditional construction methods take too long to build with, and cement consumes too much energy, what else is there?
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One such material alternative which is highly efficient has a low cost to produce, has proven to be effective and has been in use in construction in the USA, Canada, and Europe for over 65 years is the Structural Insulated Panel. a.k.a. SIP Panels.
Using SIP Panels can reduce the time it takes to build an affordable house from months to days. So when speed is money, speed wins, and so do consumers because of the elimination of gaps.
That is not all. SIP Panels are made from commodity materials, making them affordable. What is more; SIP Panels lower construction costs through rapid construction.
Fueling an economy
Moreover, housing programs fuel development across a broad spectrum of trades and industries. Housing policies and development programs affect everything. Price of sand, gravel, and paint decline. Demand for construction workers increases. Manufacturing output increases to make products used in the new homes. They also tend to improve services like power, water, and sanitation.
In many ways, everybody is affected in a positive way by including things like renewable energy and sanitation systems. New skills required for construction jobs or repair and maintenance trickle down and persist long after the construction work is over.
What is more, is the new skills will translate up. Opportunities to use those skills to build middle-income housing become available.
Solving systemic problems through affordable housing programs means everyone benefits. Gaps will close, prices will decline, educations and independence will increase.
Moreover, the world becomes more sustainable.
What does IADDIC offer to help this?
We recognize the housing deficit to be one of the more significant concerns of our times. It seems natural to seek solutions that offer a “new” or “revolutionary” approach. Big problems are rarely solved that way.
Innovating what is already available in new and exciting ways transforms more than anything else.
For IADDIC; we’re gearing up to take the most sustainable SIP Panel to the residential construction projects across the globe.
We’re enabling construction contractors to build an overwhelming number of affordable houses.
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