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An Alternative Holistic Approach to Affordable Housing: Homes of Foam

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This paper presents a holistic alternative approach to the development of a model of affordable housing within the context of Nigeria. This includes the use of low-cost expanded polystyrene (EPS) foams, solar energy, and rainwater harvesting. The holistic framework also considers the infrastructural requirements and a recreational park that is integrated into a model housing scheme. A cost model is used to estimate the minimum construction costs. The long-term mortgage implications of the results are discussed for the development of affordable housing for low- to medium-income families in developing countries such as Nigeria.


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