Competence Centre of Building Technology, and Structural Design (CC2)
The ever dwindling building resources coupled with rising prices, human encroachment on the environment and the impacts of climate change is severely affecting the building industry in Ethiopia. In light of this, it has become essential for architects and other professionals in the building industry to play an active role to tackle these challenges. To this end, the issue of identifying and using 'appropriate' building materials, techniques and technologies comes into play in order to fulfill the needs of building projects without compromising on their short term as well as long term environmental, social, and financial impact.
In the learning arena, students are conditioned to think critically and analytically in selecting the right materials, techniques and technologies starting from the design stage to the implementation of building projects. The local context plays a major part in most decisions and as such attention is given to study it in solving problems.
Appropriate Building Technology
Low Cost Strategies in Design
Low Cost Construction
This field of study is relatively new for Ethiopia and as such intensive research and experimentation is required to validate most of the materials and technologies under consideration. Most of the materials under scrutiny had been traditionally deamed inappropriate as a building material due to some inadequacies. The researches made under this chair attempts to solve such short commings and also reduce the negative stigma associated with these materials and techniques. The experiences of other countries and practitioners from other countries are used as stepping stones to develop theories and focus. This has brought about questions which has made the chair of appropriate building technology a pioneer into the new frontier of study.
current research activities:
SUDU-Sustainable Urban Dwelling Unit
designed for the urban setting, it is a cost-efficient housing proposal which is a ground plus one building having a foot print area of 55 square meters. It is built using rammed earth wall technique, Catalonian dram vault flooring with cut stone and compressed stabilized earth block wall and roofing.
SRDU- Sustainable Rural Dwelling Unit
Under the chair of housing, similar to the SUDU, it is situated in the township of Gubre, Guragye zone. It a ground plus mezzanine building which is under construction. we are using locally available straw and clay soil to produce adobe blocks with high concentration of straw to minimize cracking and reduce weight.
Services and consultancy
We provide design consultancy as well as at the construction stage for projects intended to be sustainable and eco-friendly. We also provide compressed earth blocks as building material for experimental projects.
Leule Meberatie [ ]
Denamo Addissie [MSc]
Leule Meberatie [ ]
Haimanot Seifemichael [MSc]
Lecturer and researcher
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