Rwanda - LafargeHolcim's Durabric: an earth and cement building solution for affordable housing

LafargeHolcim has reinvented the mix of earth and cement to offer an innovative approach for the production of stabilized soil bricks with cement, also known as "Stabilized Compressed Earth Bricks" (CSEB) which is an affordable and environmentally friendly construction solution.

12.17.2015
 
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Objectives

  • Providing an affordable and durable solution respectful of traditional construction methods
  • Offering an environmentally friendly solution
  • Training home individual builders and masons on how to use the block-making machines

Summary

To meet the challenges of urbanization in developing countries, housing and infrastructure construction must be based on techniques that are innovative, sustainable and respectful of traditional construction methods.

Made of 5 to 8% cement mixed with soil, LafargeHolcim solution called “DURABRIC” offers more durable, water resistant and esthetic homes than traditional clay bricks. They are also a more environmentally-friendly solution as, unlike clay bricks, they do not require burning, a practice that has harmed the local environment through deforestation and soil degradation.

Beyond the product itself, customers, developers and contractors have access to a complete package combining products and services:

  • consulting on formulas and soil lab analysis with the support of Lafarge R&D Center,
  • a training program on block-making,
  • block-making machines

DuraBric also contributes to homes' insulation by preserving their thermal inertia. This produces affordable, comfortable and attractive housing for the low-income people.

Results

Durabric offer is already available in:

  • Cameroon
  • Malawi
  • Rwanda
  • Sri Lanka
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda

To learn more about DURABRIC and inquire about its availability in your country, visit us at www.durabric.com