By 2030, the UN estimates that 40% of the world’s population will lack adequate housing. In a rapidly changing and urbanizing world, the provision of adequate and affordable housing remains a key priority.

The Challenge

According to the UN, by 2030, about 3 billion people – about 40 percent of the world’s population – will be in need of proper housing and access to basic infrastructure such as water and sanitation.

This translates into the need to complete almost 100,000 housing units per day from now until 2030. Additionally, homeowners and potential homeowners face many challenges, including affordable housing and the need for energy efficiency due to rising energy costs.

While rapid urbanization presents a big challenge, it also presents a great spectrum of opportunities. Development of sustainable housing offers opportunities to promote economic development, environmental stewardship, quality of life and social equality.

Source: UN Habitat for a Better Urban Future

Where Science Can Help

The future of housing and shelter is dependent on innovative technologies and materials enabled by chemistry. Buildings are the largest energy-consuming sector in the world; they account for over one-third of total final energy consumption and are an equally important source of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Dow has developed cost-effective options that can:

  • Make deep cuts in that consumption and the resulting greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • Help to make new structures more resilient and last longer
  • Help make new and existing structures more comfortable and healthier for occupants, while using fewer resources

Sources: IEA


Dow products and technologies are addressing the challenge.