An eco-friendly, low-cost
brick house construction technique has been introduced to the northern region
of Tigrai in Ethiopia.
The Ethiopian government has
been encouraging private companies to introduce the new house-building
technology to the regions.
A private company, Ethio
Fana, introduced the bricks known as hydraform to Tigrai, that are made with
sand soil, cement and a chemical glue which lasts longer than cement. It is also more affordable because cement
has tripled in cost over the past three years.
“Our main purpose is to
provide alternative building systems and cost-effective products to the people
who are planning to build their house,” said Fikre Gebreegziabher, project
coordinator for Ethio Fana.
The unique features of
hydraform block are that they are good for the environment, they need no mortar
and they are cost-effective.
Fikre told VOA, “High demands
for house construction in Ethiopia, Tigrai motivated us to install the
hydraform block-production machines.”
He says the hydraform
building system has been imported from South Africa and machines are used in
more than 50 countries worldwide. Hydraform building blocks are being used successfully in earthquake
stricken regions of our world.