HYDRAFORM BLOCK – Low-cost efficient building construction technology
What Is It?
Hydraform block is a relatively new building material developed in South Africa and recently sanctioned by the Kenyan government as viable building material. The blocks are made of compressed earth with a small percentage of cement. The main ingredient is the builder’s own soil which makes the technology particularly appealing economically. Furthermore, the blocks are interlocking so mortar is needed for only 25% of the project.
Why Use It?
Primarily hydraform blocks are used because they are more economical since the soil is your own, the process requires considerably less cement and there are lessened transport costs for materials. It also is a quicker process than stone construction and the blocks can be produced anywhere making them a viable material in rural and remote areas. There is even an element of portability since the blocks are freely interlocked without mortar (with the exception of the foundation and the headers. Block production and construction requires only a small team of trained/skilled workers and training can take place on the job. Therefore, locals can be involved in the building process. Another advantage to those who have been trained and have access to a compression machine is the generation of income through contract building or production and sale of the blocks themselves.
How Have We Applied It?
Care to Learn International has purchased a compression machine and has used it in building hydraform structures on the property. These structures will serve as ready examples for our training classes as we educate individuals and communities in the use of the machine, the production of blocks and the process of building construction.
What Are the Potential Outcomes of Teaching the Hydraform Process?
What Are They?
Several water strategies that Care to Learn plans to utilize and/or teach are listed below:
Why Use Them?
What Are Our Plans for Training & Community Outreach?
What Are the Potential Outcomes of Teaching Water Strategies?