About My Health Careers Internship MedBlogs Contact us
Medindia
LOGIN REGISTER
Advertisement

Colombian Environmentalist Transforms Used Tires into Eco-Friendly Houses

by Dr. Trupti Shirole on April 1, 2015 at 5:56 AM
Font : A-A+

Colombian Environmentalist Transforms Used Tires into Eco-Friendly Houses

Can tires be used to build houses? Sounds bizarre. But this in fact is a reality in highlands around the Colombian capital, where there are scattered small buildings made from the tires that litter the country's roads. Environmental activist Alexandra Posada, aged 35-years, is the woman behind the innovative project and seems to have found an ingenious solution to a tricky problem.

Colombians throw out more than 5.3 million tires every year that pollute the environment. They often end up abandoned in unsightly piles along the country's roads, or are burned to get rid of them, adding to the pollution levels. Posada said, "I get these tires for free because it's a huge problem for people to get rid of them. They take thousands of years to decompose, which we've transformed from a problem into an opportunity. If you use them as construction materials, they become virtually eternal bricks."

Advertisement

Posada and her team use a range of tires from semi trucks to cars. They stack them together around iron bars to create round structures that are at once solid and flexible, well insulated against the heat and cold, but also rubbery enough to withstand the earthquakes common in this seismically active Andes region. Posada said, "The houses have rounded cement-and-steel ceilings over the bedrooms and kitchen, and flat wood-plank ceilings over the living room and dining room. Both are covered by another layer of tires, making an almost non-degradable, impermeable roof." The team is also using glass bottles to make skylights in the bedrooms, inserting them vertically in the concrete ceilings to create a pixellated stained-glass effect.

Posada said, "These houses are made with reused materials, but they're also beautiful, airy, with more indirect light." She has so far used about 9,000 old tires to make the walls, roofs, terraces and steps of her rubber 'igloos'.

Source: Medindia
Advertisement

Advertisement
News A-Z
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
News Category
What's New on Medindia
Emotional Healing
Psychosis Risk Related to Cat Parasite
Sedentary Behavior Precipitates Night-Time Hot Flashes
View all

Medindia Newsletters Subscribe to our Free Newsletters!
Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.


Recommended Reading
Pollution Increases the Risk to Heart Ailments
A recent study suggests that higher PM10 and NO2 (traffic associated pollutants) levels are ......
Environmental Pollution may Play a Role in Suicide
Environmental pollution too may play a role in triggering suicide, a new study by researchers at ......
Human Waste on Everest is Creating Environmental Pollution and Threatens to Spread Diseases
Human waste left by mountaineers on Mount Everest is creating a lot of environmental pollution and ....
Health Consequences of 'Safe' Levels of Environmental Pollution Elaborated
New research indicates that pollution could be the reason if you are not seeing any health ......

Disclaimer - All information and content on this site are for information and educational purposes only. The information should not be used for either diagnosis or treatment or both for any health related problem or disease. Always seek the advice of a qualified physician for medical diagnosis and treatment. Full Disclaimer

© All Rights Reserved 1997 - 2021

This site uses cookies to deliver our services. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie Policy, Privacy Policy, and our Terms of Use