LBWEZW grew out of Zimbabwe's earth building culture,
it's innovation in standards, it's need for affordable low emission
building materials and it's international connections.
A quick survey of the production, contracting, design
and education available showed switching to low carbon technologies
could be achieved quickly and at low cost.
Starting with discussions between NUST, local professionals and
Ebuki LBWEZW wrote MoU's in 2019 and initiated the first meetings and
presentations with a range of local private, government, NGO and
academic stakeholders. It also began the first formal teaching sessions
in earth structures.
Thousands of air dried bricks could reduce costs and emissions
A small team has been designing strategies to move the project
forward, design competitions, surveying existing structures, networking with
practitioners, producers and encouraging stakeholders have all begun.
Rammed earth suburbs exist in many cities and after 80 years some
need a little maintenance
The next visit by Ebuki was scheduled
for Septemeber 2020 but has been postponed until September 2021. The
potential for this to be replicated in many countries in the region is a
continuing factor in how the project is planned and executed.
EBUKI remain a committed and active partner.