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Green Brick Technology Transfer to Malawi: Market Assessment Report for setting up Vertical Shaft Brick Kilns (VSBKs)

Green Brick Technology Transfer to Malawi: Market Assessment Report for setting up Vertical Shaft Brick Kilns (VSBKs)

Associated Organization: Knowledge Partnership Programme (IPE Global Pvt. Ltd)

In Malawi, increasing demand for housing has put tremendous pressure on the building material sector, resulting in deforestation, rising costs and poor quality construction. Vertical Shaft Brick Kiln technology offers a resource efficient and financially viable option for the production of quality bricks.

Themes: Energy

Regions: Africa, East Africa

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Overview:

In Malawi, increasing demand for housing has put tremendous

pressure on the building material sector, resulting in

deforestation, rising costs and poor quality construction.

In Malawi, more fuel wood is consumed than re-grown, leading

the country towards massive deforestation. Burnt Clay bricks

are the only bricks used in Malawi where wood is used as the

source of fuel. To make enough bricks for a small family house,

wood from three large mango trees or the equivalent would be

required. Current brick making processes thus use considerable

amounts of forest wood and are of poor quality. In

the clamp around 20MT wood is consumed to fire 40,000

bricks. Estimates indicate that 1.7 billion units of burnt clay

bricks will be annually required for walling alone, produced at

the cost of a whopping 850,000 tonnes of wood.

At this rate, Malawi is staring at complete deforestation within

25-30 years. The Government of Malawi is interested in solutions and

the VSBK brick technology promoted by TARA appears a

viable option