Lilongwe, In a bid to protect Malawian forests, 14 Trees Durabric Production Company, a sister company to Lafarge Holcim Group has started offering soil stabilized brick to customers in Lilongwe which will help save an average of 14 trees per house constructed.
Speaking in an interview with the Malawi News Agency (Mana), Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Lafarge Holcim Group, Francois Perrot, said his company has invested US$1,500 million into the plant as a way of promoting green construction which will provide an alternative to baked bricks.
Green construction has to happen now and it has to be affordable with mass scale solutions. This is what we are proposing. We are ready to invest more as the demand grows, explained Perrot.
He said his company will ensure that Non-Governmental Organisations and development partners build durable infrastructures at an affordable cost without destroying the environment.
Today we see projects of various quality in particular low qualities when bricks are made manually, below the specifications that are set by the Malawian Bureau of Standards, he said.
Minister of Lands, Housing and Urban Development, Atupele Muluzi, said with a high population growth and urbanisation rates, there is growing demand for baked bricks which is depleting the countries forests.
We can no longer afford to continue this unsustainable practice and I am happy to see that there are now sustainable alternative solutions on the market, the best solutions for both the people and the environment, said Muluzi.
He said the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development is committed to implement a number of key policies to ensure that government conserves its forests and support the development of Malawi in a sustainable way.
With this alternative construction technology, it is my hope that we continue to improve the lives of the greater population of Malawians by empowering them with houses, schools, hospitals and various infrastructures to ensure that future generations have a greener and better Malawi, he said.
Muluzi therefore assured Malawians on the ministry’s commitment of ensuring that they support the sustainable development of Malawi by promoting environmentally sustainable construction materials and practices.
Source: Malawi News Agency MANA