In Campana, a city located 70km from Argentina’s capital city of Buenos Aires, WWB together with an ecosystem of partners develop a weatherization sample project.
Both the neighborhood (“La Josefa”) and the sample of homes are representative of thousands of low-income housing areas in Argentina and the Latin America. The area is part of the humid Pampa plains along the river Parana, a mild and humid subtropical zone.
In La Josefa there is an heterogeneous sample of low-income housing stock and it is therefore an ideal site for carrying out weatherization, which strives to reach disadvantaged families. Many houses are self-constructed with re-used building materials, while only a few have been constructed by professionals.
The neighborhood has a poor provision of public services and the electric company does not control properly the poor and dangerous connections. Less than half of the neighborhood has access to natural gas network, while most neighbors use bottled gas.
The project started with capacity building and training. Energy auditors and weatherization experts were brought from the US to help in the process.
After training a group of 12 local workers, around 150 home audits were performed in a sample of home across the neighborhood.
The following stage was retrofits on a sample of 100 homes, which is actually an ongoing process.
During the project, the group of weatherizers received the visit from the US Ambassador, the Mayor of the city, and several National officials and experts.
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