KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka
THERE is need to use innovative and high quality technologies to construct houses if Zambia is to reduce the growing housing deficit, Lunai Investments Limited managing director Shawky Hemeidan has said.
Lunai Investment has partnered with Walltec GmbH of Germany to establish a US$19 million manufacturing plant in Zambia with the capacity to produce composite materials to enable erecting of high quality housing units at affordable rates with a greater saving on energy and is environmentally friendly.
It is projected that using high quality composite materials will lessen the construction period for houses, schools, clinics and warehouses and the structures will have a warranty of up to 100 years.
Officially unveiling the modern composite houses in Zambia on Friday, Mr Hemeidan said failure to deal with housing issues will lead to continued growth of slums and poorly serviced informal settlements in urban areas.
â€œTo address these issues and meet the rapidly growing housing deficit in Zambia, Lunai Investments is partnering with Walltec GmbH of Germany to deliver high quality building technology. We are investing US$19 million to establish manufacturing lines locally.
â€œThis factory will be able to produce 10 to 15 houses every day according to their sizes and will create thousands of job opportunities for people,â€ he said.
He said the building units will be constructed in accordance to Walltec green building standards to deliver houses that are of high quality European standards.
â€œThe structures will be environmentally friendly and self-sustainable. For example, houses will be powered with solar energy, rainwater harvesting system, sewer treatment and water recycling systems,â€ Mr Hemeidan said.
The factory is projected to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2016 after sending local people to Germany for training.
Composite materials that are usually made from specific carbon and glass fibre are generally used for buildings, bridges, and structures such as boat, race car bodies, bathtubs, storage tanks and counter tops. The most advanced examples perform routinely on spacecraft and aircraft (A380) in demanding environments.
KABANDA CHULU, Lusaka