In Cambodia, more than 70% of the population is under 35 years old. It is due to its tragic History, the Khmer Rouge genocide. The consequence is that Cambodia is facing new challenges and affordable housing is one of them. According to the Cambodian government, by 2030, 1.5 million new housing must be build to meet the needs. But it is very expensive for Khmer people. Often, they need more than a life to pay off their house!
At the same time, the construction industry is one of the most consuming. “Buildings use about 40% of global energy, 25% of global water, 40% of global resources, and they emit approximately 1/3 of GHG emissions. … energy consumption in buildings can be reduced by 30 to 80% using proven and commercially available technologies.” (UNEP, 2016).
The question is: is it possible to offer to Khmer people affordable and eco-friendly housing?
Of course it is with My Dream Home! When we met Kongngy, he explained us that his mission is to offer to Khmer people a "decent home to live and to look after their family ». It is much more than a slogan for Kongngy. Kongngy has created My Dream Home (MDH), a social and eco-friendly entreprise.
Soil is the main raw material to produce the bricks and it is abundant in Cambodia. The production process does not require fire contrary to the traditional red bricks. Moreover, when building a 20 square meter wall, MDH’s bricks use only 1 bag of cement while traditional bricks use 5-6 bags of cement for bonding and plastering. The MDH’s bricks are compressed and dried for a few days, then, they are ready to use.
Concerning the building process, it is as easy as Lego®! Thanks to an optimized construction process, it saves time and money by building a house My Dream Home. It doesn’t need specialized skills to build a house. This means that the cost can be reduced from 20% to 40%. The energy consumption is also optimized.
We had the chance to go on a building site and meet a customer of My Dream Home. After 2 weeks, the house was already at an advance stage. The owner was really satisfied. MDH expect to open a training centre really soon to support the future owners in their dream home construction!
Eco-building is a worldwide challenge. Do you have ideas to enhance the positive impact of its industry both from a social and environment side? Let a comment!
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