Speech by Lafarge Zambia CEO at the launch of Demo House


Speech by the Lafarge Chief Executive Officer, Mr Emmanuel Rigaux at the Demo House Launch, Chilanga Plant, 27th March 2015 

The Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing, Honourable Danny Chingimbu, MP
The Ambassador of France to Malawi and Zambia, His Excellency, Mr.  Emmanuel Cohet
The Charge d’ Affairs at the Finnish Embassy, Mr. Mauri Starckman
Representing ILO, Mr Tapera Muzira Chief Technical Advisor Green jobs Zambia Programme
The District Administrative Officer Mr. Musonda Musonda
Other Government Officials present
Members of Staff of Lafarge Zambia,
Members of the press,
Ladies and Gentlemen, May I simply say all protocols observed.


Good Morning and welcome to Lafarge Zambia Head Office. We are grateful that you could join us today as we witness the launch of our first demonstration house showcasing alternative construction techniques. We have used the most advanced technology that has proved to be more effective than conventional blocks in strength and thermal performance.


As you may be aware, according to Zambia 2030 vision, over a million Zambian families are in need of housing units.  Our challenge as a nation is how to build these houses in a more cost effective and environmentally friendly manner. That is why we continue to develop affordable homes construction whilst minimizing the environmental footprint.


Ladies and gentlemen, the house we see today is one of a kind because it has been built with the environment and the end user in mind. In relation to the environment the house walls have been built using expanded polystyrene system (EPS). This technology allows for an improved thermal insulation which is used to reduce energy consumption related to heating and cooling in the building. The benefits of this technology are that it is durable and the construction cost is ~7% lower than that made using the conventional building technology. Therefore, our plan is to explore other different technologies to ensure that a house becomes both more affordable and sustainable. 


Ladies and gentlemen, our goal is to provide the market in Zambia and surrounding region with affordable housing whilst making it environmentally friendly and doing it in a sustainable way. There are several model options to choose from: The low cost model has a price tag of $25, 000 (50 sq meters), whereas the medium cost is at $40, 000 (100 sq. Meters). The high cost model, which is similar to the demo house, is at $60, 000. All these prices are independent of land cost.


This project is supported by the Government of Finland through the Green jobs programme with technical assistance from the United Nations; in this regard I would like to thank both the Finnish Embassy and ILO for their support, this project is theirs. I would also want to thank Thor Construction, Sunshare, Orca, Planet homes, and Jacanda landscaping. 



 In the coming months, we plan to build 4 additional demo houses using other technologies such as stabilized soil bricks (SSB) to further lower the cost and improve sustainability. This technology is developed on material that will benefit the nation. Through this project we also hope to contribute to technical and vocational skills training of the Zambian population.


With these building solutions our aim is to undertake a pilot project to build 600 green houses, 300 units in Lusaka and another 300 in Ndola. Although some of these units will be available for sale to the public, they have been primarily targeted for our employees under the Masukani employee housing programme. 


Ladies and gentlemen, most importantly in addition to the technology itself we are embarking on skill development for local entrepreneurs and artisans. Our aim is to not only improve the lives of the people by empowering them with houses, but also equip them with technical and vocational skills training to ensure a skilled local population.  


Ladies and Gentlemen we wish you a successful tour of the demo house and we invite your feedback on this new technology that has been used. Our team will be on hand to listen to what you have to say.



Sarah Banda

Tel: +260 211 279029