Monolithic houses have arrived in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec in Oaxaca because of the need to house thousands of victims of the September earthquakes.

Carrasco family's new home in Ixtaltepec

Carrasco family’s new home in Ixtaltepec

In addition they respond to another need: they are, as indicated by their builder, resistant to earthquakes.

After nearly 3 months without a home Nicolás Carrasco Pineda, 50, and his family have moved into an inexpensive new monolithic home in Asunción Ixtaltepec with his wife and two children. Thanks to assistance from the federal mortgage society, a federal agency.

It was prepared to provide disaster relief fund beneficiaries like Carrasco, who was qualified for 15,000 pesos after the harm to his home was deemed partial, a home loan of 100,000-pesos (about $5,300) to remake their homes. The agency also provides different models of houses and costs.

The Carrasco family’s new house cost 160,000 pesos to build (close to US $8,500) and Carrasco himself contributed with 45,000 pesos. Earlier this month he obtained the keys to his new home.

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Built by Sinaloa-based Delta & Com, the fifty eight-square-meter home has 3 bedrooms, living and dining room, kitchen and toilet.

The architect responsible for the project, Alberto Villa, told the newspaper El Universal that the construction technique used at the Carrasco family home is called monolithic, or a “single-piece house.”

It comprises a metal framework covered by metal structures into which concrete is poured. Once the concrete has set the metal sheathing is removed and the house is nearly ready to move in.

The method “makes the homes resistant to earthquakes because when the earth moves the whole house moves with it because it’s a single piece . . . the system has been fully proved to be resistant to earthquakes,” Villa explained.

Carrasco’s 10-yr loan will cost him 7% interest however he described it as “one of the cheapest on the market. Either I went into debt or my family and I continued living under tarps.”

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