Sierra Leone News: Building material innovations make housing affordable
The climate-smart, cheap and fireproof clay technology brick, hydra-form bricks, floor pavement, roofs are some of the many locally manufactured building materials invented by Sierra Leoneans.
The exhibition of the durable products at the Miatta Conference Hall on Wednesday brought together several local manufactures and enterprises to project local creativeness in the building and construction industry.
Sally Turay, a businesswoman talked about innovation and its benefit to the country.
“With the local materials, I am sure even a low-income earner can afford to have a safer, secure and affordable home. There is room to save more money compare to the highly cost imported building materials which create room for only rich people.” Turay stated.
This innovation, Turay added, is not only a relief from the stress we get from house owners but also a benefit to the economy of the country.
“Now I am confident of having a house at a much cheaper rate.” Turay said.
Lavern Buya-Kamara, Managing Director, Sierra Leone Housing Corporation, disclosed the need for Sierra Leoneans to have access to affordable homes.
Buya-Kamara further stated that the investment in local building products is also a way of cutting down the overhead cost and risks associated with building corrogated zinc-houses (pan-bodi).
By Sylvia Villa
Thursday March 23, 2017.