low cost housing building systems in africa by moladi
low cost housing building systems in africa by moladi low cost housing building systems in africa by moladi
may 07, 2013

low cost housing building systems in africa by moladi

low cost housing building systems in africa by moladi



decent housing is one of the key factors in the fight against poverty and social exclusion – it is not just about putting a roof over someone’s head. academic research proves that access to a clean and stable home implicates an improvement in security, health and education. moladi, an award winning south african based company, makes housing accessible to low-income people through innovative and eco-friendly technology, creating employment.


the moladi system consists of a reusable and recyclable plastic framework mould, which is filled with stone-less concrete and a special chemical additive. this additive ensures that, once the mortar is set, the formwork can be removed – and reused up to 50 times. the brick-less walls can withstand all types of weather and is earthquake resistant. due to the simplicity in design and the repetitive application scheme, construction costs can be reduced significantly from the lightweight system. the moladi model is not only cost-effective but fast, too – the wall structure of a house can be completed within a day. in remote areas, the construction does not require heavy machinery or electricity.




lightweight reusable recycled plastic formwork



combining construction with economic development, moladi offers local training for the unemployed, thereby creating jobs and empowering the community as a whole. due to the simplicity of the approach, construction techniques and skills can be transferred in a short time. in this way, the communities benefit from affordable shelter and skilled entrepreneurs (in the area of low-cost housing) at the same time.



moladi plastic formwork



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  • There are lots of people in the U.S. who would also like this housing. It’s wonderful to see simple, inexpensive construction that termites cannot eat.

    Good thinking.


    jimCan says:
  • Very interesting. I was involved in a low -income housing development projects back in 1984, then our main technology was built on a patented polymer modified cement product with local organic fibers and termite proof additives, waterproofed, fire resistant and the light weight honeycomb panels. 500- 1000 s.f. was assembled with crew of 4 within max 2 wks including ground slab, slope drainage. Rain water collector and disposal were extra.

    alex freed says:

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