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Low investment costs as key driver for upscaling alternative construction technologies

Cancio Diaz, Yudiesky; Archilla, Hector F; Celentano, Giulia; Habert, Guillaume; Edwin, Zea Escamilla


Yudiesky Cancio Diaz

Giulia Celentano

Guillaume Habert

Zea Escamilla Edwin


Stefano Franscini


This study aims to assess alternative materials withstanding low capital investment, with the potential
of providing housing affordability for low-income communities. By combining Life Cycle Assessment
and Return on Capital Employed techniques, it has been found that glue laminated bamboo housing
projects and low carbon cement-based construction materials could foster the scalability of dwellingplaces with higher profitability than conventional Ordinary-Portland-Cement-wise investment strategy.
The resulting light capital production materials not only can be able to maintain selling prices at an
affordable rate, but also will drive more easily the current market for the bottom of the pyramid
populations. Through this shift in the material development, the diffusion of appropriate technology
implementation on large scale can be more effectively targeted. Finally, these technologies have a lower
environmental impact than conventional ones allowing at the same time as a large scale implementation,
a potential low carbon path in least developed emerging economies countries.

Presentation Conference Type Conference Paper (unpublished)
Start Date Jun 30, 2016
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Institution Citation Cancio Diaz, Y., Archilla, H. F., Celentano, G., Habert, G., & Edwin, Z. E. (2016, June). Low investment costs as key driver for upscaling alternative construction technologies. Paper presented at No Cost Housing Conference
Keywords low investment, cement, bamboo, CO2
Additional Information Title of Conference or Conference Proceedings : No Cost Housing Conference
Corporate Creators : ETH Zürich, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas, Universidad Central de las Villas, Santa Clara, Cuba, BRE Centre for Innovative Construction Materials, Bath University, Great Britain