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    Default Building materials used in the D.R.

    Does anyone know about the materials used in building private homes and condos in the D.R. ? Are they using asbestos ?

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    If you ask one of the magicians (mods) to use the magic search words you will find ample info on materials and costs.

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    lets all hope they are not using asbestos. I saw DDT sold in Villa A. a couple of years back. If you are thinking of building the cement and rebar costs fluctuate. Waiting until they are down will save you a lot of money. If you can wait of course.

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    No, asbestos was manufactured here in the past, but the factory closed and think it's been about 20 years since it is not sold here. Many roofs were refitted with Aluzinc. You will find asbestos primarily in houses built in the 80s or before. Doubt anyone uses it today.

    Otherwise, lots of modern imported materials used for construction. Where cement was used in the past, am seeing now low weight materials that result in cooler houses. Not so sure they will be as resistant to hurricanes. Since we have not had a hurricane since 1998 in Santo Domingo (17 years), glass has replaced many other materials in the city.

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    It is an awesome building material. It is often used in roofing materials and tiles in a lot of countries. Dunno about the DR but it's pretty popular elsewhere in Latin America. Given the electrical system I'd say your increased chance of lung cancer is more than offset by the reduced chance of being killed in some conflagration

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norberto61 View Post
    It is an awesome building material.
    Not hardly considering the pain and suffering it can cause. It's best if not used anywhere, especially in a country with poor access to health care.

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    Thank you everyone. I just reposted but you can ignore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctrob View Post
    Not hardly considering the pain and suffering it can cause. It's best if not used anywhere, especially in a country with poor access to health care.
    Unfortunately economic interests usually trump common sense or social responsibility. Despite the clear health risks, there are still active mines taking asbestos out of the ground. There is a big one in Quebec. Their only markets are developing countries, as asbestos use has been banned everywhere else.

    It's the old adage, it's not good enough for me to use but what do I care if they use it in Togo, as long as I get paid...

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    I would not recommend anyone work with asbestos but if it is already in place it is harmless unless it is getting disturbed so don't get freaked out if you figure out there's asbestos in an existing building. Unless it is somewhere where the surface can get worn and the dust will be breathed in. Pipe insulation can be a problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norberto61 View Post
    It is an awesome building material. It is often used in roofing materials and tiles in a lot of countries. Dunno about the DR but it's pretty popular elsewhere in Latin America. Given the electrical system I'd say your increased chance of lung cancer is more than offset by the reduced chance of being killed in some conflagration
    You are correct that it is not being manufactured here but it is still being used as a roofing material..do not know where it comes from but in Higuey , my friends and I saw it being sawn by a man without a mask and put on a roof ,,It is lethal stuff when being cut or broken easily giving cancer of the lungs .

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