SHA Affordable Homes are homes built using interlocking stabilized soil block by Smart Havens Africa to meet the housing deficit needs in Uganda. There are various housing types that range from two bedrooms to four bedrooms, including sitting room, dining, kitchen and bathrooms. Each home built has access to the resources that family members need to thrive, including water, power, and proximity to career and educational opportunities. The organization ensures families have full legal ownership of the land where their home is built, so they can never be evicted.
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
The construction of the housing types is done on site by Smart Haven's construction team, using Interlocking stabilized Soil Blocks as primary material for the walls, timbers for roofing and corrugated roofing sheets as roof cover.
Intellectural Property Type
User Provision Model
The house is built by Smart Havens in partnership with other donor organizations and then sold to buyers/users on their unique payment platform/app that allows owners to pay daily, weekly or monthly.
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Unique Design (Yes/No)
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Number of storeys
Interlocking stabilized soil blocks, cement, sand, aggregates, timber, iron sheets, metal lath ceiling
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Smart Havens Africa offers three different housing types, The first has 2 bedrooms, living room, kitchen, dining and shared bathroom, the second has 2 bedrooms with one self contained, living room, kitchen, dining and additional bathroom, the third type is a 3 bedroom house with 2 bathrooms, living room, kitchen, dining, 2 bathrooms and a store. There is however no information on the floor areas of each of the housing types. Besides using interlocking stabilized soil blocks as the primary construction materials, the house also utilizes industrialized construction materials available in the Uganda local market such as reinforced concrete for floors and ring beams, timbers for roofings, corrugated irons sheets.
Prospective homeowners receive property management and financial literacy training so as to keep them on top of managing their resources. SHA also connects individuals who want to build their own house or require repair works with skilled youths in the construction industry.
Once housed has been bought, components like doors, windows, roofing sheets are be replaced separately by the owner.
Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters
The designers specify that the current use of compressed earth blocks reduce CO2 emissions and are 4x stronger compared to traditional bunt bricks.
Vetted Performance Status
Complementary Technical Systems
Academic Research and References
Compliance with regulations
Compliance with local authority/council building plan approval before commencement of construction.