South-South technology transfer low carbon building technologies: market assessment report, Malawi

South-South technology transfer low carbon building technologies: market assessment report, Malawi

The high rate of urbanisation in Malawi puts tremendous pressure on the entire building material sector. With constraints in supply of material and demand far outstripping supply, both the quality of material and the application (house) has degraded to an alarming extent. This has resulted in poor quality and increasing construction costs. The current state of housing has put an immense pressure on the low cost housing sector. Most often it has reached beyond the means of common beneficiaries. Thus there is a need to bring about change in the business as usual scenario.

This market assessment reports on the housing and building material market in Malawi, the business model and the drivers and constraints for development of building materials production business, including promotion of building materials from India.

The prime driver for change is the rising concern on resource scarcity voiced by both the Malawian Government and the building material industry. As wood is the prime source of energy (both domestic and for brick firing), there is immense pressure of deforestation on the fast depleting forests. Thus, the two major concerns in the Malawi brick sector are increased deforestation due to use of fuelwood and poor brick quality
resulting in poor construction quality.

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