Best Ideas 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted under ‘Submit your Idea’ category. All the entries consist of innovative solutions or propositions for an enterprise that champions the Sustainable Development Goals. They can be on the conceptual, planning, or start-up stage.
Explain your idea in details:
Hexpressions is a product service innovation providing affordable, fast, modular & sustainable homes to all sections of the society using a new age construction material "Composite Paper Honeycomb Panel. Composite Paper Honeycomb Panel has two components - an inner core (paper honeycomb made with recycled paper) & outer face material (any local materials like cement board, wood, stone etc.). This new age wonder material has the capacity to replace the traditional construction materials & reducing carbon footprint on the planet ( by 80% ). Aim of the project is to support underserved communities with a permanent shelter. The solution empowers people by providing training & skill development to build their own homes & live a dignified life. Composite Paper Honeycomb Panel is an evolutionary product that replaces non eco-friendly materials like (wood, polyurethane foam, rock wool, mineral wool) in their respective applications while preserving the key virtues of their usage. Composite Paper Honeycomb Panel is an eco-friendly, versatile, flexible & lightweight material that has excellent compatibility with other materials & an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. It combines with plywood, steel, plastics, fibre reinforced plastic & many other materials as its sandwich faces to form some of the strongest composite panels for its weight and dimensions. It is more economical (50%), Super fast (10x), Space saver (50%), having zero carbon footprint, making it a boon to our planet. Large scale usage of paper honeycomb can drastically boost aim of preserving the nature.
Expected impact of your idea on sustainable development
The construction business is growing at a very fast pace and ironically so is the housing crisis. Most of the companies are stuck in the traditional methods and material of construction due to lack of knowledge or unwillingness to shift from age-old techniques. Economic Impact: 1. Significant saving of time in assembling the panels in comparison to tradition brick & mortar structure. 2. Weight reduction of approx. ( Easy transportation ) 3. Material reduction approx. ( Cost effective ) 4. Price reduction from approx. 25 mm thickness 5. Wide spans of panels (fewer panels required ) 6. Better aesthetic appeal with thicker panels at affordable prices 7. Simple handling and transport ( less labor cost ) 8. Long life of the product due to lightweight resulting in limited stress on hardware 9. Ecological factor ( saves resources ) 10. Very high load-bearing capacity Social Impact: Providing affordable, fast, modular and sustainable homes to underserved sections of the society is the vision of hexpressions. Most cities struggle with the dual challenges of housing their poorest citizens and providing housing at a reasonable cost for low and middle income populations. By providing affordable housing solution to the society we will not only help the community financially but it will also enhance social cohesion and bring back social integration.The solution will empower people by providing training and skill development to build their own homes and live a dignified life. Environmental Impact: The root cause of environmental changes can be attributed to the indiscriminate reduction of green cover in the world, excessive exploitation of non-renewable natural resources, high usage of fossil fuel, etc. This has resulted in perceptible global warming, precipitation, flash floods, etc.. Unlike other traditional building materials honeycomb has the following advantages. 1. No carbon footprint 2. Fully recyclable 3. Fewer resources 4. High efficiency
Plans for implementation and sustainability
It's a B2G/ B2B2C model focusing Governments, NGO's & philanthropic groups. Our paying customers will be Intermediaries ( Developers, Architects, NGO's, philanthropic organizations) who are dealing in affordable housing and community development projects. Revenue will be generated by: 1. Collaborating with intermediaries through various affordable and sustainable housing projects. 2. Licensing the green construction technique 3. Renting modular houses as a customised service. Presently its a bootstrap venture and we have recently received several grants( $8,000 ) from institutes in india. Further we need to raise $ 60,000 to achieve our next milestones in the year. We are trying to connect various stakeholders through networking and product showcase. Apart from the financial support we need material certifications and material testing support from the organisation. Once we have all the necessary legal documents of certifications and testings, we will launch our product in the market. We need to expand our team as we need a marketing and sales expert to penetrate the market. Hexpressions is using a holistic approach which will provide the user an end to end solution. Our solution will change the complete life cycle of the project from starting to end. The prefabricated composite honeycomb panels will be designed to suit the end user's daily needs. The Solution will reach the consumer as a flatpack which will consist of Prefabricated honeycomb panels, connectors, sealants and handling instructions in the form of audio and videos. A team of assemblers will come and assemble the house for the consumer in no time. Once the product lifecycle is over it will be recycled 100% leaving no carbon footprint on the planet. All the components used in the panels like paper, resin, cement board etc. are fully recyclable. To expedite the supply chain process most of the panels will be in situ.
Abhimanyu Singh, 32 Architect & Retail designer Politecnico di Milano, Italy (Master of Science), 2017 National Institute of Design, bangalore (PGDPD), 2011, B.Arch, Rajasthan university, 2008 Linkedin Profile: ( https://www.linkedin.com/in/abhimanyu-singh-7b841b16/ ) I am a passionate ,young and enthusiastic Architect having over 10 years of working experience. I have designed a range of modular wall units for living room which won the 'IKEA Democratic design award' 2017 in Milan, Italy during the design week. Previously I also designed a range of vertical wall planters, foldable stool and various furniture items for many clients. I have won several awards during my professional career from companies like IKEA, Vicks, Deloitte, Tommy Hilfiger to name a few. I also won Gold medal for my thesis project during my bachelors in architecture. Recently our startup won ET Power of ideas, 2017 competition and received a grant of $ 8000 to take the idea forward.