A former NBA champion is changing ‘how the world is built’ to tackle the climate crisis

CNN business

Three years ago, a hurricane It devastated the Bahamas, causing dozens of deaths. Today, the country is building what it says is the world’s first carbon-negative housing community to reduce the likelihood of future climate disasters and ease the housing shortage caused by storms.

Rick Fox, former Los Angeles Lakers player, is the focus of the new housing project. The former basketball player and Bahamian citizen was spurred into action after losing his home in Hurricane Dorian. in 2019 Fox teamed up with architect Sam Marshall, whose Malibu home was destroyed by wildfires in 2018, to develop Partanna, a building material that removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The technology is being tested in the Bahamas, where Fox’s company, Partanna Bahamas, is partnering with the government to build it. 1,000 hurricane-proof homes, including single-family homes and apartments. Next year the first 30 units will be delivered to the Abaco Islands, which were hit hard by Dorian.

“Innovation and new technology will play a key role in avoiding worst-case climate scenarios,” Bahamas Prime Minister Philip Davis said in a statement. The partnership between the Bahamian government and Partanna Bahamas will be officially announced on Wednesday at the COP27 climate summit in Egypt.

As a country on the front lines of the climate crisis, the Bahamas understands it is “out of time,” Fox told CNN Business. “They don’t have time to wait for someone to save them,” he added.

“Technology can improve, and at Partanna we’ve developed a solution that could change how the world is built,” said Fox.

Partanna consists of natural and recycled ingredients, including steel slag, a by-product of steel manufacturing, and brine. It is resin and plastic free and avoids the pollution associated with cement production, which accounts for around 4-8% of global carbon emissions from human activities.

The use of brine, on the other hand, helps solve the growing waste problem of the desalination industry by preventing the toxic solution from returning to the ocean.

Almost all buildings naturally absorb carbon dioxide through a process called carbonation, which means that CO2 from the air reacts with the minerals in the concrete. but Partanna says his houses remove carbon from the atmosphere much faster because of the density of the material.

The material also emits almost no carbon during manufacturing.

It will be a 1,250 square meter house in Partanna It emits a “negligible amount” of CO2 during manufacturing, and removes 22.5 tons of CO2 from the atmosphere after production, making it “completely carbon negative throughout the product’s life cycle,” according to the company.

In comparison, a standard cement house of the same size typically produces 70.2 tonnes of CO2 in production.

The use of salt water means that Partanna houses are resistant to seawater corrosion, making them ideal for residents of small island countries such as the Bahamas. This can make it easier for homeowners to get insurance.

The carbon credits generated from each home will be used to finance a variety of commercial and social impact initiatives, including promoting home ownership among low-income families.