Alagbe, Oluwole Ajala
Prospects and Challenges of Compressed Stabilized Laterite Bricks in Enhancing Sustainable Housing Development in Nigeria.
In: Bells University of Technology in collaboration with Institute for Environmental Research and Development International Conference on Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection: Strategies and Procedures for Developing Nations, 21-23 September, 2010, Ota, Ogun State, Nigeria..
Sustaining housing development especially to the medium/low-income group of the society has become a huge challenge particularly because of the huge capital outlay required to do so. Thus, acquisition of indigenous building materials by way of Compressed Stabilized Laterite Bricks (CSLBs) has been suggested as a way out. This paper evaluated CSLBs as a building material for sustainable housing construction. The study focused primarily on evaluating its physical properties as a building material as well as a measure of its level of acceptability for housing construction among the populace. The study was carried out in four local governments namely; Ogbomoso North, Ibadan Southwest, (in Oyo State) Ado-Odo Ota, (Ogun State) and Agege Local Govenment in Lagos State, Nigeria. The methodology adopted was survey method which involved the administration of 600 questionnaires on randomly selected household heads out of which 551 responded. The data obtained was analyzed using various statistical tools.
The result showed that there is apathy towards acceptability and use of CSLBs for housing construction due to lack of knowledge about its physical properties. It was also found out that non-availability of CSLBs in the open market was a major determinant of the apathy.The paper concluded that to ensure sustainable housing development via CSLBs, there must be continuous sensitization of the populace by stakeholders through construction of model houses with CSLBs. More researches on fabrication and production of the CSLBs making machines so as to make it more readily accessible should also be funded.
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