|BASIN - News No. 10 July 1995: Reconstruction and Resettlement (Building Advisory Service and Information Network, 1995)|
The First Regional Conference on Economic and Healthy Housing Using Indigenous Building Materials was inaugurated at the Friendship Hall, Khartoum during 22 to 27 March 1995. Participants from Egypt, Iraq, Syria and other countries, as well as Sudan, presented papers on their experiences in this field. In addition the following recommendations were agreed:
1. Setting up of a group to co-ordinate research on developing the use of local building materials and appropriate technologies. The group should be formed from the following:
- Local Building Materials and Appropriate Technologies Unit, Faculty of Engineering Sciences, Omdurman Islamic University
- Scientific Research and Technology Council, National Research Centre
- Building and Roads Research Institute (BRRI)
- Ministry of Engineering Affairs
- Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, University of Khartoum
- Faculty of Architecture, Sharaq El Neel University
- Sudanese Mining Corporation
- Sudanese Estate Bank.
2. Establishment of a unit at the Ministry of Housing to offer an information extension service using available media to promote economic and healthy housing using local building materials.
3. Incorporating the subject of improved production of local materials, such as bricks and kenaf fibre tiles, and building appearance and design in university curricula.
4. Production of a country-wide map showing location of building materials.
5. Carrying out training sessions and workshops for graduates and small-scale building contractors by universities and research institutions and offering free or low cost extension and support services.
6. Dissemination of information on research results, trials and experiences.
7. Increasing the level of postgraduate research on the subject.
8. Increasing networking between relevant institutions and key individuals.
9. Promotion of basic techniques for ceramic products processing and their use in building.
10. Encouraging research on soil and its increased use for building.
11. Promoting the role of simple public housing.
12. Encouraging the use of ground sand in cement production to increase quantities of cement produced.
14. Increasing the usage of agricultural waste in building, e.g. the use of cotton stalks for making plywood.
15. Encouraging research on materials appropriate to the countrys climate.
16. Encouraging the use fine gravels as aggregate in building.
An action plan will be developed to implement the recommendations.
Co-incident with the workshop a number of pavilions with exhibitions were set up. Intermediate Technology in Sudan put on an exhibition which was information-orientated showing publications, posters and the video You Dont Need Portland Cement, while the BRRI stand showed their work on improving soil blocks and roofing sheets.