Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hydraform soil block house is now going up




As reported two weeks ago, Kenyans are now using stabilised soil blocks to build cheaper houses that use natural products. As seen on the photos here, their first house is underway and will be complete mid august.

Cost is mainly saved on wall cement. The blocks are interlocked and hence you dont use cement to join them. You also do not have to plaster the inner wall as these bricks are smooth and colourful. if you want to paint there is a special paint that you can use without plastering.

You save upto 40% of construction costs on materials. Labour is also saved as you take a shorter period to build.

In Kenya, the machines sold are mosty manual. You can get them from Makiga Engineering services likoni road telephone 550665. You can also check with Kickstart Kenya. However the Diesel Engine run machine from www.hydraform.com is much better than the manual ones and you can buy it from their factory straight from SA.

Here a group in Syokimau has the engine machine and is able to produce upto 1,500 blocks a day. They are ready to make blocks and sell for any size of a project. The project featured on my blog has blocks made by these guys. you can talk to the builder for more information on building costs...the builder is MaKiri builders.

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9 comments:

  1. Please call me for more information on location, production of blocks and cost.

    Eunice
    0713 818291

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  2. let me get the contacts for this young men.im very interested.i can be reached at mohednoor@gmail.com

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  3. this is great, i also want to have this machine.

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  4. where can we get twafula.her phone is always switched off.

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  5. KAN Appropriate TechnologiesAugust 15, 2010 at 12:05 PM

    beautiful work.I would like to meet them for skill sharing.

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  6. Dear Kan,

    You can meet them, let me know when you are available.

    Regards,
    Eunice
    0734 531794

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  7. what i would like to know is are they able to make blocks for me and how much are they selling the blocks i live in mombasa

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  8. hi guys by any chance is this kind of technology available in rural kenya? Are there any on going trainings on this technology?
    rosey,Tanzania

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  9. Earth Brick green Homes is also a company that brings the machinery to the site of construction, produces the blocks on site and puts up the home. They can be contacted at 0721-575485

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