Shocking images from the slums of the world affect all of us deeply. Danielle Quinn once wrote …..“Don't try to drive the homeless into places we find suitable. Help them survive in places they find suitable."
Those who have seen the desperation of homeless people after civil strife or natural disaster, know that it is not just immediate assistance that is required. It is also a far-sighted action plan necessary to get the survivors into productive communities once again. For people who have lost family members, their homes, their jobs and indeed all hope, it must provide motivation for them to move forward with their lives, where often there is none.
PolyCare achieved the rapid creation of humane living and work and living space by an innovative use of polymer concrete. This new building material was originally invented over 60 years ago. It consists of dry, mineral raw materials bound together with a mixture of re- active resins and hardeners instead of the usual cement and water in traditional concrete.
1. Almost 90% of the polymer con- crete used in the process is ller. In ordinary concrete this is speci cally building sand, however in PolyCare ́s process the llers can be a variety of freely available raw materials such as Desert sand or waste / residues etc.
Public housing projects often lead to faceless, uniform mass settlements that contribute little to the formation of a community. To prevent this happening, it is advantagous if future home owners can make at least some changes to the basic design. This makes the houses more personal to each inhabitant.
In the construction industry the avoidance of waste material is presently one of its greatest challenges. Of the 420 million tons of building material used in the UK every year, 120 million tons get wasted. This means that for every ve houses built, one houses worth of material is waste.
Even though the name suggests polymer concrete, actually it isn’t a concrete substance at all but plastic material out of the group of thermosetting polymers. The curing process transforms the resin and the fillers into a rigid 3-D network of bonds. This molecular structure is symbolized by our logo.