Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit (Modular Housing Scheme)

EiABC (Ethiopian Institute of Architecture, Building Construction, and City Development) and Bauhaus University

The Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit (SICU) is a process-oriented building product that utilizes a purposefully incomplete structure that is both affordable and rapid to assemble. The homeowners complete the construction themselves according to their own needs.

Product description Brand name and product description

The Sustainable Incremental Construction Unit, or the SICU, is a process-oriented building product that utilizes a purposefully incomplete structure that is both affordable and rapid to assemble. With up to 90% of the building components (including prefabricated concrete elements and lightweight eucalyptus frames) produced by local micro enterprises, the approach enables capacity building, as the homeowners complete the construction themselves according to their own needs.
SICU is part of the “welcome Africa” project 2012- 2015 at DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) which is an international academic research project between the Ethiopian, South Sudanese and German universities.

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Target region(s) Target region for distribution/implementation (listed by country if specified)

Tested in Addis Ababa Ethiopia, with a focus on informal settlements

Distributors/implementing organizations Organization(s) distributing/deploying this product directly to communities/individuals?"
Market suggested retail price Price per unit or service price per usage/terms (USD). Subsidies noted.

$6,100 USD, estimated, excluding the cost of toilet facilities. Interview with design team Estimated costs of individual elements can be found in the SICU Technical Report.

Competitive landscape Similar products available on the market. May not be a comprehensive listing.

Alternatives include other self-built homes with open source layouts that encourage participatory designElemental has been designing incremental housing for several years in Chile.

SDG targeted United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) targeted with this product/application/service

Goal 1 and 11: Provides housing for people in need and allows them to add on incrementally to their home.

Target user(s) Target user/consumer base (country, income segment)

Families and individuals living within informal settlements.

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