This project uses a brand new technology that has potential to transform construction in Malawi, and beyond.

Traditional clay bricks are fired for 24 hours, using vast quantities of firewood. Replacing them with locally manufactured soil bricks – that do not require firing at all – significantly cuts CO2 emissions, and saves 14 trees every time a house is built.

The innovative DURABRIC can be made on any construction site using just earth, sand, cement and water. And by providing on-site training, the project helps ensure local manufacturers and builders adopt and use the new technology.

In addition to cutting carbon emissions, this Gold Standard project is creating manufacturing jobs and upskilling builders. In turn, this improves the quality and standard of house building – making homes safer for families.

Supporting this project, by purchasing the emissions reductions, will make sense for any organisation who would like to align with sustainable construction. It will also appeal to those looking to support a transformative project that has real potential to catalyse change not only in Malawi, but across much of sub-Saharan Africa.

  • First carbon project in Africa to use stabilised soil bricks
  • Saves 14 trees for every home built
  • Safe, sustainable homes in Malawi

Delivering towards the Global Goals

Decent work and economic growth

Creates jobs in rural communities, providing training and new source of income

Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Stronger, more resilient construction materials help create sustainable buildings

Climate action

Each home built saves an average of 14 trees from being cut down

Life on land

Less demand for wood reduces local deforestation, conserving habitats

What the carbon finance delivers

The revenue stream from the purchase of emissions reductions enables Durabric to become economically competitive with traditional kiln-fired bricks. In addition, the Durabric Academy teaches builders improved construction techniques, aimed at minimising mortar usage.

The funding of this education programme, employment of staff in the Durabric facilities, and cost parity with traditional burnt bricks would not have been possible without carbon finance.

The carbon revenues in turn ensure longevity of the programme and aim to expand Durabric’s reach as the project continues, which then further reduces greenhouse gas emissions and the associated deforestation, making construction in Malawi more sustainable.