A former NBA champion is changing ‘world-building’ to tackle the climate crisis
A storm three years ago destroyed Bahamas, taking dozens of lives. Today, the country is building what it claims is a world first carbon negative housing community to reduce the likelihood of future climate disasters and to alleviate the housing shortage caused by the storm.
Former Los Angeles Lakers player Rick Fox is the founder of a new housing project. Former basketball player and Bahamian citizen spurred to action after he lost his home Hurricane Dorian In 2019, Fox teamed up with architect Sam Marshall, whose home in Malibu was destroyed. forest fires In 2018, developed Partanna, a building material that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
The technology is being tested in the Bahamas, where Fox’s company, Partanna Bahamas, is partnering with the government to build. 1,000s of hurricane-proof homes, including single-family homes and condos. The first 30 units will be delivered next year in the Abaco Islands, which were hardest hit by Dorian.
“Innovation and new technologies will play a critical role in avoiding worst-case climate scenarios,” Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis said in a statement. He is due to formally announce the partnership between the Bahamian government and Partanna Bahamas at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt on Wednesday.
As a country on the front lines of the climate crisis, the Bahamas understands it is “out of time,” Fox told CNN Business. “They don’t have time to wait for someone to save them,” he added.
“Technology can turn the tide, and at Partanna we’ve developed a solution that could change the way the world is built,” Fox said.
Partanna consists of natural and recycled ingredients, including steel slag, by-products of steelmaking and salt from desalination. It is free of resins and plastics and avoids the pollution associated with cement production, which is due about 4%-8% on global carbon emissions from human activities.
At the same time, the use of brine helps solve the growing waste problem of the desalination industry by preventing the toxic solution from returning to the ocean.
Almost all buildings naturally absorb carbon dioxide through a process called carbonation, where CO2 from the air reacts with the minerals in the concrete. but Partanna says its houses remove carbon from the atmosphere at a much faster rate because of the density of the material.
The material also emits almost no carbon during production.
1250 sq. ft. Partanna home will Contributes a “tiny amount” of CO2 during production, removing 22.5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere after production, making it a “completely carbon negative product in its life cycle,” according to the company.
In comparison, a standard cement house of the same size typically generates 70.2 tons of CO2 during production.
The use of salt water means that Partanna homes are also resistant to corrosion from seawater, making them ideal for residents of small island nations such as the Bahamas. It can make it easier for homeowners to get insurance.
The carbon credits earned from each home will be sold and used to fund a variety of social impact initiatives, including promoting home ownership for low-income families.
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