PROVIBIS 2011 – Prototype of Bioclimatic Social Housing

PROVIBIS 2011 – Prototype of Bioclimatic Social Housing

Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Resources depletion and climate change imply a change in the building criteria. PROVIBIS is a bioenvironmental, sustainable building approach addressed to poor families based on waste recycling which can be carried out by the families themselves. PROVIBIS rooms are equipped with thermal comfort, rainwater recovery, biodigester, energy saving, solar heater and design economy. Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) was approved in 1948, the right to adequate housing has been acknowledged as one of the most important needs to be solved. In Argentina more than 30% of the population does not have a house and lives in slums, tenement houses or occupied houses.

About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

People who benefit from the initiative are those living in marginalized neighborhoods, poor people including environmental refugees. Volunteers are benefited by their supportive work Technical school students who participate are also benefited. The whole community is benefited because marginality and poverty are eliminated. In view of a State that does not intervene (as usual in all underdeveloped or developing countries).

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The fact that PROVIBIS is a unique project within the UNASUR (Union of South American Nations) and because it proposes ten actions to improve social housing 1) Solar water heating device. It consist of a solar collector with adjustable inclination aimed at domestic water heating (shower) 2) Wind generator – fitted to the solar heating device, it allows to charge a battery (for leds) 3) LED technology for lighting. 5 slots downstairs and 5 upstairs. 4) Side or parallel shadow meshes. It depends on the house orientation. They generate deep shadows thus making houses much cooler. 5) Rainwater recovery: by means of drain pipes that feed the toilet tank. The second tank (drinkable water) is within the technical room space. 6) Use of transoms. Strategically placed over the stairs, these allow having a cooler house. 7) Anti hail glass panel: to achieve more natural light throughout the day (energy saving) 8) Open floor: the walls and doors expenses are eliminated and these are replaced by two 1,20 m x 2,40 meters wardrobes. It provides more flexibility to the private sector. 9) PROVIBIS BIODIGESTER.- an organic waste recovery system by which waste is turned into gas was invented. 10) Walls are mainly built with Ductal® concrete panels (concrete and recycled plastic materials PET) and residents themselves build their bricks
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

In December 2010 PROVIBIS was granted the First Regional Award issued by the most important Argentine authority in the social housing field – the Ministry of Federal Planning. With the most important panel of judges in the country, the faculty of Engineering, construction unions, national institute of technical schools and officers of the Argentine government. 60 researches were submitted. In 2009 the ultra-high performance fiber-reinforced concrete bricks project (ductal concrete) was awarded the first prize issued by the most important scientific authority in Argentina, Instituto Sabato (sustainable bricks) Before that the San Martin University Foundation awarded the Accesit Prize to me in connection with the social health housing project called Your House is Your Health that proposes adequate housing solutions to avoid diseases, mainly in children, unprotected by their living conditions (contaminated rivers, factory pollution, lack of ventilation, lack of thermal insulation, contaminated water, etc).
About You
Asociacion Ecologista Nueva Tierra
About You
First Name

jorge omar

Last Name


About Your Organization
Organization Name

Asociacion Ecologista Nueva Tierra

Organization Phone

54 011 4839 0258

Organization Address

Francisco Gonzalez 1995 – primer piso

Organization Country

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Country where this project is creating social impact
How long has your organization been operating?

More than 5 years

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What stage is your project in?

Operating for 1‐5 years

Share the story of the founder and what inspired the founder to start this project

- We always say: HELP US TO BUILD THIS DREAM, and it has to do with providing a housing solution to the poorest people on the planet, and here in the south (Argentina) it is necessary to apply PROVIBIS concepts.
- As founder of this idea (newspaper articles attached) my proposal is to drastically change social housing by means of:
-design and surface economy
-Improvement in ventilation and overcrowding.
- Optimization of resources, spend less – do more
-Incorporate new materials and building methods
- Include beneficiaries in volunteer work
- Teach building jobs (more than 30)
- Social moral and civic education
- Disseminate the performed work so that much more people adopt the model
- Adapt PROVIBIS to the weathers and regions of the world (flexibility)

Social Impact
How many people have been impacted by your project?

101 - 1,000

How many people could be impacted by your project in the next three years?

More than 10,000

What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

It is just a financial issue. Partnerships with NGOs are already developed or can be developed at the investor’s request. The housing cooperatives (a legal concept in our country) are already established and working within poor neighborhoods. Ideas, projects and technical solutions have already been solved. There is a lack of political will or strategic partnership for the financing of PROVIBIS prototypes building to start providing solutions and be able to show the results.

How will your project evolve over the next three years?

PROVIBIS was highly acknowledged by the end of 2010. This acknowledgement, carried out in the public sector, will be completed in 2011. This added to international acknowledgement which is very beneficial for UNASUR – (Argentina – Brazil – Uruguay – Paraguay – Bolivia – etc.) that is evidencing an exponential growth without military conflicts.
A region that has natural and human resources to solve the problem of adequate housing. We need everyone’s effort and in the triennium 2011 - 2013 we will achieve a more prosperous region with improved living conditions (poor but decent). This is the dream I would like to accomplish.

For each selection, please explain the financial and non-financial support from each

o Foundations (20%)
o Non government Organizations (10%)
o Companies (10%)
o Regional government (30%)
o National government (30%)

How do you plan to grow and/or diversify your base of support in the next three years?

Basics are already in the working cooperatives and technical building team.

Growth will be achieved by involving Municipal, provincial and national governments; as well as foundations, companies and NGOs.

The diversification of the base of support may be related to the Ministry of Social Action and Housing Institutes at provincial level.

Please select your areas of intervention in the home improvement market

Design, Technical assistance, Infrastructure, Renewable energy, Green housing, Environment, Income generation, Urban development, Rural development, Citizen/community participation.

Is your innovation addressing barriers in the home improvement/progressive housing market? If so, please describe in detail your mechanisms of intervention

Energy saving.
Sustainability and durability over time
Clean energy generation
Social aid to vulnerable communities
Employment solutions
Housing solutions
Moral and civics solutions

Are you currently collaborating with private companies, or have you partnered with private companies in the past? With which companies?

No. we have not partnered with private companies yet

Please describe in detail the nature of the partnership(s)
Select the unit(s) with which the partnership was formed

R&D department.