Portland-based company Pacific Green Innovations plans to build 10,000 paper homes in Haiti, creating jobs and providing much-needed shelter.
The recycled paper panels are being tested for toxicity, fire and moisture resistance, strength, and more at Portland State University before they will be marketed in the United States.
The business was created in October 2009 to help bring a German-made product, known as a SwissCell, to the United States. The SwissCell is a building panel made from 100 percent recycled paper and coated in a tough, recyclable resin that makes it both fire and waterproof.
In 10 weeks, Pacific Green Innovations will build their first 1,000 homes in Haiti, with the prospect of building 10,000 homes over 12 months. Fox said the company would build 20 homes a day by manufacturing the panels on site with machines that can produce enough panels for 20 homes a day. Local labor will be used to assemble the homes, up to 5,600 workers. Fox said materials like windows and doors would be acquired from Haitian suppliers.
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