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South Africa
Hub for KNOWLEDGE & DEVELOPMENT (In Development)
Project Background and Description
Social and environmental effects of poor development programs inherited by South Africa’s new government has created a critical shortage of affordable housing options for people in this country. South Africa’s ever increasing unemployment, new credit legislation and cost of property have all conspired to make it even more difficult to afford housing, even for people who have jobs and want to buy property. There are thousands of people living in squatter camps because there isn’t enough housing. Most of these people who are living in these poor conditions are unemployed.
BEM and its associate partners, mission is to design, build and install quality low cost sustainable housing communities worldwide .Our efforts are focused on helping rural communities to lift themselves out of poverty and provide opportunities for its inhabitants to enhance their quality of life.
Project Scope
  • Build quality low- cost sustainable housing communities in South Africa and other under- served populations worldwide.
  • To ensure that communities living in extreme poverty have a real, sustainable opportunity to lift themselves out of poverty.
  • Promote a community- led development approach to rural development, by improving access to clean water, sanitation and other essential infrastructures such education, food production, basic health care, and by focusing on environmental sustainability.
  • Promote poverty reduction and ultimately its eradication, through sustainable development and a strategic and connected approach to more sustainable human settlements in South Africa.
  • Skill Training, Entrepreneurial, and Capacity Building opportunities for inhabitants.
High-Level Requirements
South African government, academia, public and private sector, and donor institutions worldwide.
This new process must include the following:
  • These new communities will be self- sustaining in every way by emitting zero carbon emissions, managing all storm and waste water on site, and producing more energy than it consumes.
  • Design new waste disposal practices for government sponsored human settlements.
  • Ability to provide skill develop and capacity building opportunities for inhabitants.
  • Ability to incorporate current infrastructures with new sustainable development.
  • Educational programs
  • We offer an innovative integrated approach to rural development, while our project simultaneously addresses the challenges of extreme poverty in many overlapping areas: agriculture, education, health, infrastructure, gender equality, and business development.
  • Will ensure that inhabitants have appropriate housing options and access to a minimum set of basic goods and services, including agricultural inputs, primary health services, functioning schools with school meals, clean drinking water, sanitation, and simple infrastructure.
  • The project that is presented, it’s a multifamily housing (3 families) with 120 m2 of building area.
Affected Parties
  • People and government of South Africa
Implementation Plan
  • The project that is presented, it’s a multifamily housing (3 families) with 120 m2 of building area.
  • Initially planned to be built in a traditional way, bricks and reinforced concrete, the project was executed with DEC SYSTEM technology, using the D-LCP panels, which demonstrated full flexibility and adaptability to the initial requirements.
  • The high mechanical strength and excellent thermal and acoustic behavior of D-LCP panels, enabled a significant reduction in the thickness of the walls, with noticeable gains in the useful area of the dwelling.
  • DEC SYSTEM allowed a more economic construction, stronger, more comfortable and faster execution.
  • This work was completed in 15 days by a team of 6 employees, of which only two were specialized technicians.




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