LatamHaus network seeks to address the challenges of the expected housing demand in Latin America by 2030. For instance, it is estimated that Mexico will need 26 million new homes by 2030. These homes will need to address the low-carbon strategy set by the National Strategy developed from the NAMA for sustainable housing in partnership with the Passivhaus Institute. However, the recent COVID-19 crisis around the world highlighted some challenges associated with household air pollution. This interdisciplinary network seeks to collect pilot data and support future housing projects which respond to low-carbon emissions and indoor air quality challenges.

We seek to understand the challenges, barriers, and scalability issues to adopt the Passivhaus Standard in Latin America and set an action plan to address these concerns. We have been working closely with the Latin American Passivhaus Institute and together, we have agreed on the following aim and objectives for this network:

Aim: to co-design a proof-of-concept for healthy and low-carbon homes generating pilot data and a support network for future projects.

Objective 1. Evaluate the Passivhaus residential design impact on household air quality and low-carbon emissions in Latin America, particularly in Mexico.

Objective 2. Establish the LatamHaus network to develop capacity building for Passivhaus projects in Latin America to develop a sustained interdisciplinary network to support future projects.

This project is supported by the Global Challenge Research (GCRF) fund at Lancaster University, Research England and the Latin American Passivhaus Institute. The research team is based at ImaginationLancaster.

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