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As Government continues its drive for affordable housing solutions, Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, along with Minister of Water and Housing, Dr. Horace Chang, this morning (November 17), visited a model home constructed by the Canadian company, Global Pre Cast Homes.
The Prime Minister viewed the model unit on Oxford Road, at the request of the National Housing Trust (NHT) and the Tourism Product Development Company Ltd (TPDCo).
Dr. Chang noted that “This is an appropriate, practical, technology that could allow a trained team to turn out a house in 48 hours flat for less than $2M, which would put the units within the reach of low-income earners who qualify for a NHT benefit. This could help us to overcome problems of squatting in resort and other areas. Part of the problem in Jamaica is a lack of capacity to deliver on time”.
The Prime Minister was given an assurance that the houses could be certified as being of a safe standard for Jamaican conditions, including withstanding hurricanes. The model house is of prefabricated concrete and steel and covers 350 sq feet, on a concrete base. The design system can be assembled for larger units.
Director of Global Pre- Cast Homes, Keith McKenzie, pointed out that the company can build and outfit a factory in Jamaica for USM$1.5. Features of this design include: a decorative gravel finish on the exterior walls; insulation in the walls and roof, to reduce excess heat absorption or loss; a slanted concrete roof that provides effective runoff during rain and will not lift during a storm; 8″ thick walls for storm protection and air passages in the roof to reduce heat buildup.