1) Local Economy
Maximising local ecconomic benefit with a labour based building system. 2) Empowerment
Using local resources in simple ways. 3) Building Costs: Conventional local building costs
R2 600 per sq. m. for simple design with plastered concrete block
R3 650 per sq m. for a face brick house
Final built cost - R250 000
74 sq m of interior space,
21 sq m of covered external
127 sq m.total coverage built
Solar water heating systems, energy efficiency and water wise building practice.
Evidence of high performance
Economic self empowerment supports local community ecconomy
Training and income generating micro-enterprises established.
Approximately 30 additional jobs or double the amount, were created due to the nature of the construction process.
The use of most local materials and resources – sand, timber poles and labour – achieved with the development of a sandbag building system.
The pole roofing structure utilized timbers grown in the local area which were cut and treated on-site with a non-toxic treatment process. This has benefited the local communities ecconomy and stimulated a potential new market within the local region.
The sewing and filling of the sand bags has created additiional work within the local community.
The guttering and rainwater tank systems utilize locally grown bamboo and provide further jobs and empowerment potential. They actively promote a way towards self reliance within an area of cronic ecconomic and water shortage.
Reduced Building Costs:
This project has sucessfully reduced its costs while providing additional jobs and improved quality with greater ecconomic sustainability:
R2 360 per sq m. excluding a further 36% of covered external space. Or
R1969 per sq m including the verandah. This cost is with solar water heating installed though the rainwater tanks and photovoltaic panels are still to follow.
Low running costs
Solar water heating and energy efficient lighting together with good thermal
performance helps minimize running costs to WESSA which runs and pays for the centre.
A waterless composting toilet, water efficient fittings and greywater recycling and
rainwater collection ensures minimal water costs and provides resources out of waste.