The world needs housing. Population growth, global migration and refugees contribute to this need. Jane Denny found out how polyurethane can help.
The International development charity Habitat for Humanity estimates that nearly one out of every four people in the world live in substandard housing. Homelessness affects 100m people, it said.
The United Nations says 1bn people – almost a third of the global urban population live in slums, and that could double by 2045, it said. Meanwhile, over a million people are born to, or choose, city living in the developing world each week, the organisation said.
Worldwide estimates for displaced persons due to conflict, war and persecution at the end of 2014 was 59.5m – up from 51.2m a year earlier, according to the UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees. In other words the same number of people who live in New York, or Madrid and Berlin and Rome were displaced in that year.
Natural disaster displaced over 40m people in 2010, half that number in 2014, according to Switzerland-based agency the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.
There is considerable pressure on society to build more good quality houses and shelters quickly and cost-effectively.
This is a challenge that PU can help the world meet.
PU emergency shelters
Students in France have come up with a potential emergency housing solution – a shelter that can be created in minutes from polyurethane and last for months.
Using polyurethane and…