New building technology moladi introduced to Nigeria

New building technology moladi introduced to Nigeria - new building technology



Promoters of a new building technology, moladi, introduced into Nigerian housing market recently have said that the new technology will produce houses that will resist fire or burglary incidents in home.
According to them, the new technology might be the means through which homeownership dream of an average Nigerian home seeker would be realised as it is going to deliver a modest three-bedroom flat at an 'affordable' cost of N3.7 million.
Hennie Botes, chief executive officer, Moladi Worldwide, the building technology firm that brought the new technology into Nigeria, at a media briefing in Lagos described it as just simple, explaining that it involves a very simple operation.
To Botes, all that is needed to produce a wall is to "fill the framework (the mode) with a mixture of sand and cement; the next day, remove the mode and the structure that stays behind is the wall which is much stronger than the traditional block wall that we are so used to."
He continued: "Fire can't burn it, because the framework functions for only one day; it is safer in terms of security because you could use a hammer to knock out block walls, but with the Moladi technology, there is a re-enforcement in the wall that cannot be broken down."
Botes disclosed that the new technology was cost-effective, promising that his company would soon produce a price list on different house-types which would compare with conventional building techniques.
Ola Jumoke, a senator of the federal republic and Moladi chairman, added that the cost of any particular house-type depended on the design and the kind of finishing that the prospective buyer wanted.
Adewale Abraham, a director in Moladi, however, stated that "when you talk of a basic three-bedroom flat with louvre window, and without tilling works, it will cost about N3.7 million. But the strength of the wall is what you cannot compare with the blocks because it is very solid, a six-inch solid wall without hole in it."
According to him, the main difference between Moladi and HFP's methods is that whereas Moladi involves cast-in-place without any pre-fabrication, HFP's involves pre-fabrication in the factories after which the 'walls' are moved to site for erecting, and also involves heavy equipment.
Abraham informed that in terms of simplicity and skill required to produce the Moladi kind of walls, none was needed, explaining that "the workers that started the new technology did not know anything about building, whether conventional or otherwise, but precisely within four hours, they got both the knowledge and the skill and the South African supervisors even stopped supervising them, only using oversight function to monitor ongoing jobs." For more information on moladi visit http://www.moladi.net/

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