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Feasibility study for the production and use of compressed stabilized earth block in the North and East of Sri Lanka PDF Print E-mail

A major component of the European Union funded project 'Homes not Houses: Building Sustainable Future Together' is promotion of the usage of alternative materials and technologies, including the use of earthen architecture, specifically compressed stabilized earth blocks and earth concrete blocks. The use of these materials will not only be promoted and encouraged through the construction of homes but also through targeted livelihood and market development interventions to encourage the acceptance, production and proper use of these materials. As these materials would be locally produced, the cost of these materials would be distributed as revenues locally in the target villages, unlike with the use of other conventional building materials, thereby strengthening the local economy.

As part of this project, Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka worked with Mr. Serge (Satprem) Maini, Representative for Asia of the UNESCO Chair "Earthern Architecture", on conducting comprehensive research, soil testing and training into the use of compressed stabilized earth blocks and other earthern architecture. Mr. Maini and his colleague Ms. Lara Davies conducted an in-depth study to assess if earth‐based construction methods would be feasible to implement in the project areas in Kilinochchi, Mullaitivu and Batticaloa, on the basis of technical, social, socio‐economic, and ecological parameters.

Mr. Maini and Ms. Davies presented the preliminary findings of the feasibility study at a workshop on alternative construction held on Tuesday, 30th August 2016. Attending the workshop were representatives from the Delegation of the European Union to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, the Government Agents of Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu, the housing of the District Secretariat for Batticaloa, representatives from the National Engineering Research and Development Centre of Sri Lanka, the Construction Industry Development Authority, and the University of Moratuwa, in addition to project staff of Habitat for Humanity Sri Lanka and World Vision Lanka.                     

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