| BASIN-News No. 2 - July 1991 - Building Advisory Service |
Building materials and construction technologies that are appropriate for developing countries, particularly in the low-income sector, are being developed, applied and documented in many parts of the world. This is an important prerequisite for providing safe, decent and affordable housing for an ever-growing population.
But such new developments can do lime to improve the housing situation, as long as the information does not reach potential builders. The types and sources of information on standard and innovative building technologies are numerous and very diverse, making access to them difficult.
Thus, in order to remedy this draw back, GATE, ITDG, SKAT and CRATerre are cooperating in the Building Advisory Service and Information Network, which covers four principal subject areas and coordinates the documentation, evaluation and dissemination of information.
All four groups have a coordinated database from which information is available on Documents, Technologies, Equipment, Institutions, Consultants as well as on Projects and Programs. In addition, printed material or individual advice on certain special subjects is provided on request. Research projects, training programs and other field work can be implemented in cooperation with local organizations, if a distinct need can be identified and the circumstances permit.
BASIN is a service available to all institutions and individuals concerned with housing, building and planning in developing countries, but can only function efficiently if there is a regular feedback. Therefore, any publications, information, personal experiences, etc. that can be made available to BASIN are always welcome and will help BASIN to help others.
GTZ / GATE section 4130 Dag-Hammarskjold-Weg 1 D-6236 Eschborn 1 Federal Republic of Germany Tel. (06196) 79-1623 Telefax (06196) 79-1115 Telex 407501-0 gtz d Cables GERMATEC Eschbom
GATE (German Appropriate Technology Exchange) is a division of the Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Technische Zusammenarbeit (GTZ) GmbH, a federal organization commissioned by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany with the planning and implementation of Technical Cooperation activities with countries of the Third World.GATE is a centre for the dissemination and promotion of appropriate technologies for developing countries and is divided into the following three sections: 1. Dissemination of appropriate technologies; 2. Environmental protection and conservation of natural resources; 3. Research and development
ITDG Myson House Railway Terrace Rugby CV21 3HT United Kingdom Tel. (0788) 560631 Telefax (0788) 540270 Telex 317466 itdg g Cables ITDG Rueby
The Intermediate Technology Development Group (ITDG) is an independent British charity, founded by Dr. E.F. Schumacher, author of Small is Beautiful, to help increase the income-generating and employment opportunities of small-scale industrial activities in developing countries.ITDG offers expertise in a wide range of technical areas (eg Mineral Industries, Shelter, Agro Processing, Textiles), provides advice and assistance in the selection and application of appropriate technologies aimed at improving the productivity of communities and small enterprises, and provides several other services through the Group's subsidiaries.
SKAT Tigerbergstrasse 2 CH 9000 St Gallen Switzerland Tel. (071) 302585 Telefax (071) 224656 Telex 881225 skat ch Cables LATAMI St. Gall
SKAT (Swiss Center for Appropriate Technology) is a documentation centre and consultancy group which is engaged in promoting appropriate technologies in the Third World.The services of SKAT are: 1. Technical Enquiry Service; 2. Consultancies, Projects, Studies; Documentation Centre; 4. Bookshop; 5. Publishing Department; 6. International Cooperation; 7. Public Relations for Appropriate Technologies.SKAT's main fields of activity are Building Materials, Energy (with emphasis on hydropower), Small-Scale Industrial Development (with emphasis on the metal-working industry), as well as Water, Sanitation and Wastewater.
CRATerre / EAG Centre Simone Signoret BP 53 F -38090 Villefontaine France Tel. 74 96 50 56 Telefax 74 96 04 63 TeIex 308558 f Cables CRATERRE Villefontaine
CRATerre, the International Centre for Earth Construction, is a non-governmental, nonprofit organization of the School of Architecture of Grenoble, dedicated to the promotion of earth as a building material.CRATerre has an integrated working method in which research, application, consultancy, braining and communication are permanently linked.The three main programs of development are: i. Industrialization; ii. Economic Housing; iii. Preservation.The competence of CRATerre covers every aspect of the different earth construction technologies at all levels.