ROOFING SYSTEM FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS FOR URBAN SLUMS AND RURAL INDIA
A roof system is the most basic unit of shelter for a home. Households in urban slums and rural areas in India have built homes using brick walls for the past seven to ten years, but roofing systems continue to be constructed poorly.
More than 80% of people living in urban settings in India cannot afford a concrete slab for their roof. The existing methods of building roofing systems are composed of corrugated cement and metal sheets, which crack easily and cause water leakage. They are also a strong conductor of heat, thus becoming overheated and too hot to comfortably live in for more than six months out of the year. These current systems are also toxic to the environment.
ModRoof, based in Ahmedabad, India is working to change this by building better roofing systems out of recycled materials. They have designed a Modular Roofing system called Roof-in-a-Box. By incorporating energy generation elements like solar cells into these roofing systems ModRoof is able to provide reliable, affordable and value-added shelter to families who need it most.