Lafarge Zambia in partnership with Zambia Green Jobs Programme has successfully launched the demonstration house showcasing a “sustainable green house” at Lafarge Zambia head office at Chilanga.
The demonstration house has been constructed by Lafarge Zambia in partnership with Zambia Green Jobs Programme of the Government of Zambia with financial support from the Government of Finland and technical assistance from the United Nations.
The launch was held at Lafarge head office at Chilanga and was officiated by Minister of Local Government and Housing represented by the Ministry’s Deputy Minister, Honorable Danny Chingimbu, MP, the French Ambassador to Zambia Mr Emmanuel Cohet, Charge d’Affairs of the Embassy of Finland Mr. Mauri Starckman and Mr Emmanuel Rigaux. Other officials present included the International Labour Organization Country office for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique Director, Mr. Martin Clemensson and the Chilanga District Administrative Officer Mr Freza Musonda.
Speaking at the event Lafarge Zambia CEO said the launch of the Show house was the start of the pilot project to build sustainable and affordable houses in Zambia and the region.
“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. Our aim is to undertake a pilot project to build 600 green houses, 300 units in Lusaka and another 300 in Ndola. The houses will be primarily for employees under the Masukani employee housing programme but some would be offered on a commercial basis to the market,” explained Mr Rigaux.
Speaking at the same event French Ambassador to Zambia His Excellency Emmanuel Cohet thanked Lafarge and Zambia Green Jobs Programme for coming up with such an initiative to provide sustainable homes and at the same time provide opportunities for employments to the Zambian people.
“I am pleased with French investment in Zambia. Lafarge is a French company and I’m happy to say that we have more than twenty French companies in Zambia. Our partnership with Zambia is a long term parnership. It’s also good to see Lafarge partner with Zambia Green Jobs Programme to provide affordable and sustainable houses to the Zambian people,” Said Mr Cohet.
Finish Embassy Charge d’Affairs Mr. Mauri Starckman sayed the Government of Finland was happy to be funding partnership between the Government of Zambia and the United Nations in supporting private sector development and job creation especially in the building construction sector such as Affordable and Sustanable housing project.
“The two programmes provide a coordinated umbrella mechanism for implementing key private sector reforms for reaching the economic development objectives laid out in the revised sixth national development plan (RSNDP). Economic growth alone is not sufficient to bring about comprehensive development impacts. Reinforcement of human well-being and social equality and acting in a manner that does not exceed nature’s capacity is essential in all development cooperation.” Said Mr. Starckman.
And the International Labour Organization Country office for Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique director, Mr. Martin Clemensson said Zambia Green Jobs Programme had partnered with Lafarge Plc to support the proof of concept for sustainable construction In Zambia.
He explained that, the programme conducted sustainability assessments and provided technical assistance on developing the local value chain for green building construction which linked micro, small and medium enterprises to access markets, finance, skills and businesses development services which were needed in order to increase productivity, competitiveness and growth and in turn create decent green jobs. He said this in a speech read on his behalf by the Zambia Green Jobs programme Chief Tehnical Advisor, Mr Muzira.
The Chilanga District Administrative Officer Mr Freza Mulenga, praised Lafarge Zambia saying it was synonymous with Chilanga District and the project of affordable housing would reduce the housing deficit in the district as most of the district work force come from Lusaka.
The Deputy Minister of Local Government and Housing commended Lafarge and Zambia Green Jobs Programme for coming up with a project with Alternative Construction Technology which is environmentally friendly compared to the conventional method.
“It is the Government’s policy to promote private sector investment and partnership, particularly in the housing development sector. Therefore, I would like to congratulate Lafarge and Zambia Green Jobs Programme on their partnering and initiating this affordable and environmentally friendly construction solution, which will help the nation achieve the vision 2030”, said Hon Chingimbu.
The demonstration house has been built using expanded polystyrene system (EPS). The technology allows for an improved thermal insulation which is used to reduce energy consumption related to heating and cooling in the building. The benefit of the technology is that it is durable and the construction cost is about 10% lower than that made using the conventional building technology. The house is open to the public for viewing for a period of 3 months.
Notes to the Editor:
A world leader in building materials, Lafarge employs 63,000 people in 61 countries, and posted sales of €12.8 billion in 2014. As a top-ranking player in its Cement, Aggregates and Concrete businesses, it contributes to the construction of cities around the world, through its innovative solutions providing them with more housing and making them more compact, more durable, more beautiful, and better connected. With the world’s leading building materials research facility, Lafarge places innovation at the heart of its priorities in order to contribute to more sustainable construction and to better serve architectural creativity. More information is available on Lafarge's website: www.lafarge.com
About Lafarge Zambia
Lafarge Zambia is the main supplier of building materials and constructions solution provider in Zambia. Established in 1949 as Chilanga Cement, it was acquired in May 2001 by the Lafarge Group. With over 1000 employees and contractors Lafarge Zambia has a production capacity of 1, 300,000 tonnes cement per annum, which enables the Company to cater for the ever-growing demands of the Zambian and regional markets. Its product range includes Mphamvu, which is a flagship brand and has established strong presence in both domestic and regional markets, Powerplus, used in heavy construction projects, SupaSet, for block makers and concrete product manufacturers, Roadcem, for soil stabilization in road construction as well as Wallcrete for wall plastering. Innovation and customer satisfaction are at the core of the company’s performance. www.lafarge.co.zm
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