CANCUN, Q. Roo.- Sociedad Hipotecaria Federal (SHF), has funded about 7,000 homes in the Cancun-area municipalities of Benito Juarez and Solidarity in Quintana Roo, and currently is reviewing a new project of 900 homes that will be built on a Playa del Carmen beach.
The program ECOCASA is handled with a scheme of bridge loans with preferential rates to housing developers; in return, they must build with materials that reduce CO2 emissions 20% compared with those of conventional type, without increasing the selling price.
Estefany Cayetano López, deputy director of Communications and Public Relations of SHF, said that the benefits for those who acquire sustainable housing will be immediately greater thermal comfort inside the house, and improvements in quality of life.
By its method of sustainable construction they have standards of energy efficiency and reduction in consumption of electricity and gas, providing a direct benefit to the family budget.
Recently, the agency announced that the project received 50 million euros (990 million pesos) from the German Development Bank KfW, and with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), are committed to protecting the environment and reducing poverty.
With these added resources, according to estimates by the SHF, more than 5,000 houses can be constructed in different ecological communities, along with additional housing for rent.
Q. Roo, pioneer in obtaining these resources
Cayetano López mentioned that Quintana Roo is one of the pioneers in obtaining resources from this program since its inception in 2013.
During the construction phase the credit area monitors work progress and manages bridge loans, after evaluation in the construction of these prototypes to liberate the IDB loan.
During a visit of the SHF to Berlin Germany to sign the ECOCASA II program, the IDB head, Jesús Alberto Cano Vélez, said that success is not only reflected in numbers of houses built, or granted credits, but in all encompassing in its efforts to preserve the environment. This project was recognized by the Ashden Award for sustainable energy, in the category of sustainable buildings.
From this new phase, the agency will evaluate the project regarding location and environment, carbon footprint of the materials used in the construction of homes and savings in water consumption.
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