In Uganda They Build Houses Using Eco-Friendly Bricks Created From Local Soil

There is a great shortage of housing in Uganda. Three companies have joined forces and decided to create a place for people to live.

In Uganda They Build Houses Using Eco-Friendly Bricks Created From Local Soil
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Demand for Homes

In Uganda They Build Houses Using Eco-Friendly Bricks Created From Local Soil
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An estimated 200,000 new homes are in demand in Uganda every year. Three companies, Marc Thorpe Design & Architecture (designers), Échale International (social housing company) and Stage Six (franchise specialists) decided to do something about it. Together, they created the Kampala House project. It involves building 10 houses on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital.

Brick from Local Soil

In Uganda They Build Houses Using Eco-Friendly Bricks Created From Local Soil
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The houses are to be made of an innovative material called EcoBlock. It’s an eco-friendly brick made from 90 percent local soil and 10 percent a mixture of water, lime, cement and sand. This makes it more resistant to damage than concrete blocks, and its production produces 30% less carbon dioxide. In addition, it is a good thermal insulator and protects the interior from outside noise penetration.

In Uganda They Build Houses Using Eco-Friendly Bricks Created From Local Soil
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The first stage of the project is to be completed by the summer of 2022 (the construction of further settlements is not excluded). The houses will provide shelter for poorer families.

Practical Solutions

In Uganda They Build Houses Using Eco-Friendly Bricks Created From Local Soil
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The houses are to consist of three bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and two bathrooms. Solar panels will be installed on the roof. There will also be a possibility to collect rainwater (good source of water during dry days). Designers did not forget about a shady terrace and a wood-burning stove. It will stand in the open air next to the kitchen.

What do you think about the idea of eco-brick homes?