To ameliorate construction procedures in social housing projects

Two missions were undertaken in order to monitor and test a few social housing and public services projects (mainly schools), constructed by the Italian NGO Ricerca&Cooperazione in the region of Afram Plains and in Sefwi Wiawso, Western Region between 1988 and 2004. The main objective of the missions was to evaluate the quality of construction of the existing buildings and to give R&C a few guide-lines on how to ameliorate the manufacture processes of a new housing project to be built in Donkorkrom, Afram Plains. During the missions, several pathologies were recognized in the existing buildings. Some of the construction issue and recommendations of utmost interest are: use of concrete roof-tiles, to augment the thermal capacity of roofs and to diminish the costs of construction; increase in internal ventilation by changes in the geometry of roofs; amelioration of the construction quality of external walls by introducing mixed concrete & clay bricks; use of drainage surfaces around the buildings’ foundations; use of eaves in conjunction with watercollection basins; experimentation in the use of hen-house nets for the construction of foundations; use of false ceilings in cloths and mats.

Project Date: 2006 to 2007

City: 

AFRAM PLAINS

Location: 

Ghana

ASF International Member Organization: 

Architettura Senza Frontiere Italian Network

Partners: 

Ricerca&Cooperazione

RuralHousing

Municipality ofMaamekrobo

Donors: 

Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Technology: 

Adobe Bricks

Concrete Blocks

Concrete Roofing Tiles

Activity Type: 

Architectural Project