Adobe – Technology of Everybody: Low Cost Housing in Ethiopia

The traditional building techniques in Ethiopia today contain a lot of wood. Because of deforestation the forest cover in the country has been decreased. A part of a solution would be the exclusion of wood in construction and then the adobe technology is a good alternative.

Adobe technology involves blocks made from local soil that mixed with water and straw asreinforcement. The sundried blocks can be bricked up to walls. As mortar the same wetmixture can be used.

This report contains analyzed soil characteristics in the high altitude located Asella region todetermine its suitability for adobe blocks. The design of a kindergarten in Alem Maya is alsocarried out.
Source: Halmstad University
Author: Allerbo, Emma

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