Casa Sustentável: A Sustainable Home Built from Co-Products from the Mining Operation

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Built by Gustavo Penna Arquiteto & Associados, Casa Sustentável is a sustainable home that is a part of the environmental education equipment of the Gerdau Germinar Program. It is the first residence built from co-products from the mining operation. This project is started in 2017 and completed in 2019 with 45 m2 in size.


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This project is a program to introduce new concepts of sustainability applied to mining activities and also to the circular economy concept in housing to the public.

In partnership with Gerdau, the Department of Mining Engineering at the Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG) has been developed a solution for the production of drainage floors, blocks, and mortar with iron ore tailings. In the future, this solution can transform mining waste management.



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For the execution and development of this project, there were 30 people that work to unites quality, education, and sustainability. This house also follows the prerequisites of the Federal Minha Casa Minha Vida program.

It is a house that has ecologically correct systems that are accessible to the market already such as rainwater collection, composting tanks, biodigesters, energy generation, and solar heating.



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This house is made of spirit and matter. The raw material is the main component of the house that uses to provide the best qualities. The unique character of this house is determined by the ecologically suitable use for the wastes.

It is a comfortable house that also intends to be a home where people can welcome their hopes and dreams. This sustainable house can be visited by students and researchers at the Gerdau Germinar Biocenter.


Casa Sustentável Gallery


Photographer: Jomar Bragança

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