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The 11th national contest of habitational solutions of sustainable housing with wood in Mexico

The national contest was carried out by the National forestry commission (CONAFOR) and the National council of wood in construction, a.c. (COMACO), with the participation of the main government housing institutions. The objective is to promote the rational and adequate use of wood for construction. Two categories of buildings are concerned : multi-family intraurban housing category (4 storey) and rural housing category.


What about the contest ?

The aim is to carry out the design of the construction prototype of the 11th national contest of sustainable housing solutions with wood, according to the specific needs of the region where the project is located, using national timber of legal origin and certified preference, as the main element and combine it with other materials and construction systems.

The designs will use construction materials based on processes and technologies friendly to the environment, and other features of the work, which must adhere to the technical bases, specifying the state, climate for which the prototype is designed, according to the following categories:


Multi-family intraurban housing category

It refers to low-cost housing, aimed at the population with scarce resources. according to the CONAVI criteria, the cost of each home must not exceed $ 300,000.00 (three hundred thousand pesos 00/8100 mn) must be considered with a minimum constructed area of 48 m2 per dwelling and with a total of 8 dwellings in 4 levels.

The project must consider at least: 2 bedrooms, cooking space, multiple use area, bathroom and laundry area.

This financial cap includes direct cost of the building, sustainable technology, indirect expenses, utility of the executor and taxes. The cost of the land is not included.


Rural housing category

For this category, participants must submit an executive project, whose construction value does not exceed the financial ceiling of $ 210,000.00 (two hundred ten thousand pesos 00/100 mn) that includes the direct cost of housing construction, sustainable technologies, as well as the indirect expenses. The cost of the land is not included.

A minimum constructed area of 55 m2 should be considered, considering as a minimum the multiple use area, two bedrooms, cooking area and sanitary unit or bathroom.


For both categories, the following requirements should be considered:

  • the wood and the rest of the chosen materials adhere to the applicable standards for building, in terms of quality, durability, functionality and preferably certification.
  • wood components and structures can preferably be set up in groups or modules for industrialization.
  • the volume of wood in the work is superior to 50% with respect to the total of the materials with which it will be integrated, in the constructive systems chosen; that is easy to assemble and transport.
  • in case of rural housing, which has possibilities of quantitative and qualitative growth must guarantee a minimum duration of 30 years, with good use and maintenance.
  • the raw materials must be of national origin and legal origin.


The winning projects

Category multi-family intra-urban dwelling


1st place

Architect: Osvaldo Rubén Arceo Chàvez

City: Guadalajara, Jalisco

Area: 75 m2 by housing

Project location: Guadalajara City, Jalisco




2nd place

Architect : Pedro Ortiz Fernando

City: Mexico

Area: 62.42 m2 flat

Project location: Jojutla, Morelos






3rd place

Architect: Pedro Mendez Canales

City: Cancún, Quintana Roo

Area: 53.60 m2 by housing

Project location: cancún, Quintana Roo





Category Rural housing

1st place

Architect: Alberto Cruz Carbajal

City: Mexico

Area: 62.31 m2

Project location: Ixtaltepec, Oaxaca



2nd place

Architect: Ana Karen Muñoz Franco

City: Zapopan, Jalisco

Area: 81.38 m2

Project location: San Bartolo Coyotepec, Oaxaca



3rd place

Architect: Ramòn Julian Hernàndez Suàrez

City: San Cristòbal De Las Casas, Chiapas

Area: 55.31 m2

Project location: Región De Los Altos De Chiapas

Published on 21 November 2018