In an effort to aid Cambodia’s housing crisis, visionary Kongny Hav has developed a new method for building homes that is both vastly more affordable than traditional construction, and considerably more eco-friendly.
The programme he developed, “My Dream Home”, aims to provide affordable green housing to those who can not afford traditional housing. Through the programme, a small two story home may be built for as little as US$4,000 between two low-skilled people in only a couple of months. The price also includes construction and design help.
The program uses a series of interlocking bricks for construction. The bricks require little-to-no previous building skills and function similarly to Lego blocks. The technology is anywhere from 20 to 40% cheaper than traditional construction methods and is better for the environment.
The bricks are mostly made from soil and sand and their production process is eco-friendly.
Phnom Penh suffers from a chronic shortage of housing. The government estimates that around 1.1 million homes must be build between now and 2030. Low-income families account for a large majority of this figure.
A total of 40 projects have now been completed through the ‘My Dream Home’ programme.
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