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Sustainable use of natural fibres as reinforcement of composites materials for low cost housing in the Peruvian Andean region


This project aims to improve the material living conditions of the inhabitants of the central Peru region, in particular the construction of inexpensive housing in rural Andean areas via the development of low cost building materials made of composites reinforced with ichu fibres, which are locally available. These local fibres serve not only as the reinforcing phase of the composite material, but also add thermal insulation properties, reducing the effect of the extreme weather conditions of the region.

This objective will be achieved by strengthening the infrastructure and human capacity of local researchers at National University of Central Peru (UNCP). A permanent research group dedicated to novel bio composites reinforced by local natural fibres will be established. Researchers will be trained in state-of-the-art technologies for composite development and manufacturing. Moreover, the direct beneficiaries (inhabitants of Andean communities) will also receive special training in order to take up the new sustainable building technology.

Intervention type

South Initiatives


01/01/2020 - 31/12/2021

This project is being implemented in:
Flemish promoter Aart Willem van Vuure
Local promoter Yessica Bendezu
Local partner institution KU Leuven
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Local partner institution Universidad Nacional del Centro del Perú
Other local partners Universidad Privada Juan Pablo II
Budget € 69.999