Building Better Housing: Cities and Pandemics Report


Building Better Housing and Sustainable Cities Post PandemicWhen the fundamental requirements of safe and adequate housing are not met, households already suffering from health inequities may become even more exposed. This was the timely wisdom shared by UN-Habitat in their recent report, “Cities and Pandemics: Towards a More Just, Green and Healthy Future.” The report reviews how a holistic approach to recovery can support positive change in the form and function of cities, poverty and inequality, rebuilding the economy, and clarifying legislation and governance as the pandemic wanes.

With impact data collected from over 190 member states and practical stories of national response programs, the shock of this crisis has never been clearer than it is today. The report confirms that, regardless of country wealth, there continues to be inequality and an unmet need for safe and adequate housing. The existing housing crisis has been exacerbated by the pandemic and short-term responses must now evolve into long-term strategies.

Economic, social, and demographic factors are key determinants for the housing standards enjoyed by some and denied to other population groups. Additionally, low-income earners and marginalized populations are least likely to have access to adequate and affordable housing. To ensure a meaningful and measurable impact on housing access requires a high level of coordination and a targeted approach. Housing challenges highlighted in the report focus on overcrowding, tenure security and evictions, and homelessness.

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April 8, 2021 International, News

Innovative Housing System Addressing Worldwide Housing Shortage


EchoStone Panama Affordable Housing

Affordable Housing Project Built with EchoStone Housing System. As of October 2019, became the first EDGE certified residential community to be developed in Panama.

Global Affordable Housing Shortage

Around the globe today 1.2 Billion people do not have access to adequate housing. This number will grow to 1.6 Billion people by the year 2025. Solving this problem is a critical step to a brighter global future. Better housing generates economic growth, improved social justice, health care and education; and enhances global stability, security, and sustainability.

Existing construction methods are not suited to solve the global housing shortage. Construction is slow, inefficient, rooted in the past, and incapable of effectively scaling to meet the tremendous demand. It does not adapt quickly to new technologies, or better methods. Additionally, existing methods are not sustainable and are heavily reliant upon polluting factories, large trucks ferreting concrete across the world, and energy-intensive construction methods. All this amounts to one massive carbon footprint.

At EchoStone, we challenge the status quo. We are substantially improving housing options for low-income communities by offering high quality, dignified housing, at a rapid rate, and at industrial scale – while significantly reducing the carbon footprint of traditional concrete construction. We are paving the way to a better, cleaner tomorrow.

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April 1, 2021 International, News

The Affordable Housing Shortage and 3D Printing


Chief Sustainability Officer EchoStoneThis past week, EchoStone’s Chief Sustainability & Product Development Officer, Emmanuel Stefanakis, was asked to join a conversation on the affordable housing shortage and 3D printing.

The conversation explored the alternative building technology’s potential in the affordable housing market, to accelerate construction as well as reduce associated costs of new construction.

Also joining the interview was Rick Abbiati, Owner of Colony Property Investments LLC – located in New Hampshire.

Listen to the audio recording, or real the transcription below.

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March 11, 2021 International, News

Reimagining Wetlands for Sustainable Cities and Human Settlements


Reimagining Wetlands for Sustainable Cities and Human SettlementsWhen casting wetlands as dismal, snake-ridden, mosquito-infested places, they seem to serve no useful purpose toward human settlements.

Science, however, presents us with a completely different reality. Wetlands – whether coast marsh or freshwater – play a vital role in maintaining the health of our planet and capturing carbon from the atmosphere. Additionally there are many economic benefits of wetlands, including the potential for job creation. As developers build green cities and strive for net-zero, the simple practice of understanding our land cannot be understated.

Need to Know

  • Wetlands are the best source of flood protection on the planet
  • Wetlands are some of the most carbon-dense ecosystems in the world, and store twice as much carbon as forests
  • The earlier the EchoStone Housing System is deployed the more cost savings and benefits can be reaped from a ‘design with nature’ approach

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February 25, 2021 International, Though Leadership

Housing Deficit: Echostone Delivers 252 Sustainable Housing Units

SOURCE: BizWatchNigeria

EchoStone Ribbon Cutting NigeriaEchostone Development Nigeria has delivered 252 units of affordable homes in Idale Badagry in partnership with the Lagos State Government as part of the ongoing efforts in bridging over 22 million housing deficits in the country.

The project, designed as a Public-Private Partnership, aimed at providing 100,000 affordable homes in 10 years with modern-day technology.

The partners said they were starting with the construction of 2,000 sustainable housing units in three Local Government Areas (LGA) of the state, Idale in Badagry; Ayobo in Alimosho LGA, and Imota in Ikorodu Local Government Area.

Speaking at the official commissioning of the project in Badagry, the Managing Director, EchoStone Development Nigeria, Mr. Sammy Adigun, explained that the affordable housing scheme named, ‘Peridot Parkland Estate’, is the first-ever green-certified affordable housing community in Nigeria.

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January 27, 2021 News, Nigeria