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HOW WE DO IT

The Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block

 

HYT advocates the use of the carbon-saving Interlocking Stabilised Soil Block [ISSB] for construction as an alternative to the traditional fired brick, which is devastating Uganda’s beautiful landscape.
 
The ISSB is a compressed block of moistened soil, mixed with a little cement, which is cured rather than fired.

 

 

ISSB demonstrates how environmentally-friendly construction technologies can be made more affordable to the poor.‘ UN Habitat
 
By developing and promoting low-cost and sustainable construction technologies, [HYT] is contributing to the UN Habitat agenda of adequate shelter for all.’ Executive Director, UN Habitat.

 
Not only is HYT’s compressed earth technology environmentally sustainable, it is cheaper too! Research by a leading British quantity surveyor concludes that construction costs can be reduced by up to 30% using the ISSB. This is because the blocks are made on site and are uniformly shaped, while there is little mortar used between courses and much less need for plastering.
 
ISSB is stronger and more durable than the traditional fired brick. Experts at the world renowned Bath University have tested the ISSB and found it to be many times stronger than local Ugandan bricks. ISSB is Ugandan government approved and has a UNBS code 849
 
Using a curved block, rather than the straight one used for buildings, we construct rainwater harvesting water tanks at a fraction of the cost of other kinds of tank. These water tanks provide a valuable supplementary water supply for schools and homes. By doing this, HYT responds to water and sanitation needs in a country where many still have no access to clean water.