By nation Reporter
LARFARGE Zambia in partnership with Zambia Green Jobs programme will next week launch the affordable green house project that demonstrates building a house using compressed stabilised earth bricks (CSEB).
CSEB are locally produced blocks designed to reduce on transport and create local employment based on renewable sources.
The CSEB technology is intended to be a solution to reduce high deforestation due to cutting down of trees to produce burnt bricks.
According to Lafarge Zambia, over a million Zambian families in Vision 2030 were in need of houses.
The challenge was to build such houses cost-effectively to make them available to as many people as possible, while at the same time preserving and protecting the environment.
Lafarge Zambia and the Green Jobs Programme with support from the government of Finland and technical assistance from the United Nations were launching the affordable house demonstration unit.
This is the continuation of the partnership which started last year, resulting in 800 housing units for middle income families in Lusaka and Ndola.
The project is also linking construction micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) along the local value chain and facilitating their access to business development services.
In addition, the affordable housing project will create more and better jobs that were green.