Modulus Green Homes is an affordable housing development located in Karachi, Pakistan.
With rising demand for housing in Pakistan, the housing backlog has increased to 10 million homes. Because of high demand, real estate is expensive, making it impossible for a low-income family to ever own a house, as a result 40% of the urban population still lives in slums. Climate change is another impediment in the housing crisis, with rising emissions and soaring temperatures, many conventional houses have become inhabitable without expensive artificial cooling. The country sees the housing problem as a massive hindrance to the economic development of its people and has vouched to facilitate 5 million new homes.
ModulusTech has developed a proprietary technology to address the challenge. ModulusTech housing is a factory-made flat-pack housing solution, which can be built in 10% of the time at a much lower cost. 11 houses can be flat-packed in a truck – they are lightweight and do not require heavy machinery at site. At $12/sqft a 2-bedroom unit costs as low as $9000, making them one of the most affordable net-zero homes in the world – without compromising standards of living. The houses also utilize less resources during the manufacturing and construction process and all remaining emissions are offset with local tree planting.
This technology has less embodied carbon than conventional housing in the area. These homes have insulated walls and roofs with radiant barriers, which are 12 times more insulative than a standard concrete section. They’re also passively cooled and have a 20°C peak drop in temperature naturally. This helps save in energy loads. Moreover, each home is equipped with solar panels, runs 100% off-grid, and conserves water. This makes the houses Net-Zero Energy, also meeting EDGE Advanced building standards.
To make the homes affordable for low income families, ModulusTech works with mortgage companies to offer these homes for as low as USD 90 per month which is affordable for the bottom 40% in the city. Moreover, the team behind this project have focussed on the empowerment of women through female-ownership of the properties, furthermore, deaf outreach companies have supported the project to make the homes accessible for disabled communities.
Hence the project offers unique a combination of social, environmental, and economic impact. Supporting over 10 UN SDGs and offering a scalable solution for the global housing crisis.
Modulus Green Homes has received a Preliminary EDGE Advanced Certificate from Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI).
Reduced Window to Wall Ratio, Reflective Paint/Tiles for Roof, Reflective Paint for External Walls, External Shading Devices, Insulation of Roof, Insulation of External Walls, Ceiling Fans in all Habitable Rooms, Energy-Saving Light Bulbs – Internal Spaces, Energy-Saving Light Bulbs – External Spaces
Low-Flow Showerheads, Low-Flow Faucets for Kitchen Sinks, Low-Flow Faucets for Washbasins, Dual Flush for Water Closets
Floor Slabs – Concrete Filler Slab, Roof Construction – Aluminium Sheets on Steel Rafters, External Walls – Cement Fibre Boards on Timber Studs, Internal Walls – Cement Fibre Boards on Timber Studs, Flooring – Finished Concrete Floor, Flooring – Ceramic Tile, Window Frames – Aluminium
Modulus Green Homes 354R+Q82, Barlas Moon City Gadap Town, Karachi, Karachi City, Sindh, Pakistan
Preliminary EDGE Advanced Certificate
April 1, 2022
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Total CO2 Savings (annually)
Green Business Certification Inc.