By Wellington Makonese
The country continues on its accelerated drive to provide modern housing units to citizens, with construction of a low-cost energy-efficient housing model underway in Sunway City.
The construction of the low cost-energy efficient building is an offspring of the Zimbabwe-China ties where locals visited the Asian giant to tap into the modern housing model which also cuts labour costs by around 30% as compared to brick-and-mortar wall.
The walls, made of polystyrene bricks, concrete and steel, are meant to withstand severe weather conditions.
Projects Officer with the City of Harare, Mulandelwe Gumbi said, “This is to move away from brick and mortar using polystyrene our aim is to reach the target set by government and it’s our hope to get there by next month. With brick and mortar, we work with around 350 dollars per square metre, but with this we anticipate around 270.”
The suitability of the technology for the local conditions is set to be evaluated.
“It’s a new model that we are monitoring here in Sunway City and we are to replicate it in other projects if it comes out cheaper and conducive,” noted Sunway City Town Planner, Munyaradzi Mapurisa.
The Harare, Bulawayo and Victoria Falls city councils are expected to embrace the model after undergoing raining in China.
Government has embarked on an aggressive housing construction programme through public private partnerships, with construction of housing units taking shape in Marondera’s Dombotombo area and Dzivarasekwa in Harare as the country targets to build 220 000housing units by 2025.