Can Affordability Be Green, Sustainable and Doable? | new times

Providing affordable homes in any part of the world has multiple aspects and requires the participation of the public sector in cooperation with the private sector.

With the increasing urbanization of Africa, Rwanda is playing a leading role in partnering with the private sector to deliver and meet the growing demand and access to affordable homes for a wider population as well as affordable rentals for tenants.

We in the public and private sectors must also find ways to deliver green and sustainable development because what we do today has an impact on our generation in the future.

This partnership works well because the delivery of affordable homes requires political support from the government side and an innovative way to build homes by the developer. To help the residents access suitable and affordable homes, both the government and the developer have to develop a model that works for the residents, for example, most of the cost of building a house is driven by the construction cost of the house which is basically a material cost and the labor cost itself is the cost of land and the cost of infrastructure.

At Bwiza Riverside Affordable Homes, our partnership with the Government of Rwanda responds well in the aspect of paying for housing development by providing the government for the cost of land and infrastructure and we the developer must find ways to realize the cost from construction by applying our construction techniques to development.

ADHI’s building techniques are very ingenious, because we Africans build our traditional houses with mud and stick, in this case the mud is replaced with light concrete which is heat insulating and waterproof – it does not capture moisture, so it is not susceptible to microorganisms, it is rot resistant, and guarantee good sound insulation; high quality bearing characteristics; non-combustible and is also fireproof; Environmentally friendly. Durable – Designed to run over 200 cycles equivalent to 200 years of resistance. Basically, the gravel is replaced with EPS which is expanded polystyrene (EPS) concrete, in our case we have trapped air and this material will be produced locally. For the stick, this has been replaced by a light steel frame, and the benefits of light steel frames are particularly evident in urban housing developments that often include a mix of townhouses and large apartment buildings. This is not a new technology, but ADHI has adapted this concept to suit the local environment and culture. Moreover, this building approach is good for sustainability rating, plus all steel components can be recycled and building accessories can be easily done in the future.

For ADHI to be successful, we also aim to train the local workforce so that the project is less dependent on expatriates which further affects the cost of construction.

Our approach to manufacturing most of the building materials within our production warehouses, for example roof, windows and doors, light concrete and light steel rolling stock, shows our conscious efforts to reduce the carbon footprint of the development and keep the construction cost to a higher level. A value that does not exceed the sales price threshold of affordable homes.

In conclusion, one must recognize the leading role that Rwanda has played in this sector both in policies and proactive approach and for the developers who are either in the country or reading or this article we need to work, collaborate and share ideas together in order to find the best way to make every A Rwandan individual to have access to decent and affordable homes, the country is large to accommodate our business.

The writer is the general manager of ADHI RWANDA LTD

The opinions expressed in this article are from the author.

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