Economical homes: building with sand bags or clay

Building houses with sand bags or clay

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ZA South Africa
Web http://www.treehugger.com/files/2008/02/sandbag-houses.php
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In development

About the project Edit

This project highlights a new housing construction technique that helps reduce poverty in the context of socio-economic crisis.

Themes

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

These houses create an environment at a moderate temperature according to Eco Build Technologies, as well as being very economical. The quality of construction is equal to or better than traditional brick and mortar construction. The sand is not transformed in anyway, further decrease building prices and creating a small carbon footprint.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

These homes provide a cost effective means for poor income communities to develop homes, meeting places, stores, etc without the need for costly materials or special materials.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

All resources utilized in making these structures come from the local area. Therefore, any location with a suitable substrate can use this project to expand housing opportunities for low income communities and vulnerable populations such as the homeless without having to purchase and ship materials.

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

Growing economic disparities across the globe.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

Still in development.

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