Durabric - Low carbon earth and cement solution for affordable housing
Durabric is an alternative to the widely available artisanal burnt bricks which have caused massive deforestation in Africa, and in particular in Malawi. Durabric is made of soil, sand, cement and water - the mix is poured in a mold and compressed with hydraulic machines. LafargeHolcim R&D focused on the adjustment of the recipe to make sure that most of the soil sources can be used to produce bricks that comply with local standards. 14Trees, LafargeHolcim & CDC group entity dedicated to affordable construction materials in Africa, produces these bricks on large scale and is able to supply individuals and contractors wherever they live in Malawi, thanks to fixed plants in the two largest cities, Blantyre and Lilongwe, and two mobile plants producing bricks in rural areas. CO2 savings related to the use of Durabric have been certified by Gold Standard and led to the issuance of carbon credits whose proceeds are used to expand the reach of the company across Malawi.
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