As part of a plan against frosts in 2018, the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation will build 606 Sumaq Wasi rural thermal homes in the regions of Puno, Cusco and Huancavelica, in order to reduce the vulnerability of families living in situation of poverty and extreme poverty in the high Andean areas, explained El Peruano.
$15.6 million Soles will be allocated for this project for the provinces of Moho, Carabaya and El Collao, in Puno; 198 from Quispicanchi, Cusco; and 93 from Angaraes, Huancavelica.
“The goal is to protect families from low temperatures”, explained the media.
These Sumaq Wasi houses are modules constructed from traditional materials and systems so that they can be replicated by the inhabitants of the high Andean areas, to combat frost and cold.
“These houses are designed with a bioclimatic design that prioritizes thermal comfort. They capture the heat of the sun during the day and avoid thermal losses at night, by using materials with good thermal insulation”, El Peruano explained.
The modules will have four environments and security against earthquakes. “At the same time, they contribute to health care and improve the quality of life of poor and extremely poor families”, said the ministry, according to El Peruano.
The size of each module will be of 33 square meters with four rooms, a kitchen-dining room, two bedrooms and a closed transition room prior to the access of the house that prevents the entry of cold air.