Affordable Earth Housing

Rwinkwavu, Rwanda

Affordable Earth Housing

Rwinkwavu, Rwanda

Located in Rwinkwavu, Rwanda, this four-bedroom single family house was constructed for $10,000 USD. The key to affordability was efficient design and construction with locally and readily available materials, such as Compressed Earth Blocks. Using soil directly from the site as a source of material for building construction eliminated the cost of transporting materials from a long distance. Engaging local labor in the construction process promoted community engagement and created jobs. Skills learned by local men will be carried on to create future economic opportunities and improve construction standards.

House D features several key environmental design features therefore creating comfortable living conditions. Overhangs at front and rear porches allow air to flow in and draw hot air out at skylight that runs across the length of the roof, also providing natural light and reducing the need for artificial lighting. Compost toilet provides a water-free, clean, safe, and economical way to manage waste and add to agricultural output.

This house is an affordable, environmentally sustainable replicable housing model that promotes community enhancement, safe and healthy living conditions, economic growth and poverty reduction.