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The low-cost building construction project

Grenoble, 25 October - 22 November 1995

The training programme includes an intensive course followed by a design workshop. Participation in the intensive course is a necessary condition for attending the workshop.

INTENSIVE COURSE,
25 October - 14 November 1995

After the presentation of earth as a building material and the main construction techniques (adobe, rammed earth, cob, compressed earth blocks), the course will focus on the low-cost building construction project, including preliminary studies, elements on accessibility, construction quality and costs. Then, the participants will be divided into working groups to analyse certain issues through an exercise on low-cost building design. All aspects of the development and the implementation of a construction project will be illustrated through different case studies. A visit to recent construction projects will be organised.

DESIGN WORKSHOP,
15 - 22 November 1995

The participants will be involved in an active process of information exchange: selected projects will be jointly analysed on the basis of the participants’ own project experiences and the specific conditions of application prevailing in their respective countries. They are expected to come prepared with information (printed material, slides, etc.) on current prices of building materials in their country, costs of manpower, local building techniques, standards and regulations, as well as interesting case studies.

For further information, please contact:

CRATerre-EAG
Mrs Marina Trappeniers
60 av. de Constantine
BP 2636
F-38036 Grenoble Cedex 2
France
Tel. (33) 76 40 14 39 - 76 40 66 25
Fax (33) 76 22 72 56
Telex 308 658 F
2ND INTERNATIONAL SEMINAR OF THE RESEARCH ON LOCAL MATERIAL

organised by LPEE - RILEM

Marrakech 26-27 September 1995

Languages: Arabic, French, English

For further information:

LPEE
25 rue d’Azilal
Casablanca 20000
Maroc

Tel. (212) (2) 23 07 30, 30 75 10, 30 04 50
Fax (212) (2) 30 15 50, 23 19 54
MINING FORUM SADC-EU, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA, 7 - 9 DECEMBER 1994

Approximately 350 operators from the SADC region, South Africa, Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe and the European Union attended this forum.

On this occasion, the CDI (Centre for the Development of Industry) particularly wanted to support three fields of production: ornamental stone, ceramics and the compressed earth block, hence a collaboration with CRATerre-EAG.

A special stand was built to promote compressed earth block production and use and included:

- a 21 panel exhibition presenting production and use;
- a video corner permanently showing the video entitled «Compressed earth blocks»;
- an advisory service;
- a catalogue containing all the technical and commercial documents about production equipment.

The exhibition was visited by over a hundred operators who were shown in detail CDI’s guide no. 5 «Compressed earth blocks: production equipment». 25 of them expressed an interest and/or accepted a special dossier and requested help from CDI.

This event has also confirmed the very large amount of South-African involvement in the SADC countries’ market, as well as a very marked regionalist approach.