Beyond the Brick - Revolutionizing the way we build

Beyond the Brick - Revolutionizing the way we build

Beyond the Brick-moladi

Beyond the Brick

In what ways is this project unique and creative?
The Moladi system consists of a reusable and recyclable plastic formwork or mould, which is filled with mortar (stone-less concrete) and a special additive. This additive ensures that the walls are water proof and has excellent thermal properties. Once the mortar is set, the formwork can be removed and reused up to 50 times. According to the founder Hennie Botes, the brick-less walls can withstand all types of weather. The formwork is lightweight allowing easy transportation. Due to the simplicity in design and the repetitive application scheme, construction costs can be reduced significantly. The Moladi model is not only cost-effective but fast, too. The wall structure of a house can be completed within one day. A further plus point, especially in remote areas, is that the construction does not require heavy machinery or electricity. (Construction Process)
What is the social value of this project?
Decent quality housing is one of the key factors in the fight against poverty and social exclusion. It is not just about putting a roof over someone’s head. Academic research proves that access to a clean and stable home implicates an improvement in security, health and education. Moladi, a South African based company established in 1986, makes housing accessible to low-income people through innovative and eco-friendly technology.

Moladi combines construction with economic development. With the motto “Train the unemployed to build for the homeless” The company offers training locally for the unemployed thereby creating jobs and empowering the community as a whole. Due to the simplicity of the approach, construction techniques and skills can be transferred in a short time. In this way, the communities benefit from affordable shelter and skilled entrepreneurs (in the area of low-cost housing) at the same time. Moladi’s success in over 20 countries shows that affordable housing is an important key in finding solutions to promoting security and alleviating poverty.
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Green Building Council - Sustainable Affordable Housing Delivery