“e-khaya is a fireproof shack replacement system for informal settlements. Fire is deadly in these crowded communities and an e-khaya will protect lives and possessions. It is easily community built, low cost, thermally and acoustically insulating, durable and attractive. And we are currently working on the concept of an additional level that can be added as a family’s needs grow. Sanitation, fresh water, lighting, hot water, simple cooking facilities and ‘urban farming’ are all either incorporated already or will be in the future.”
e-khaya has received a lot of attention in a short amount of time. Here are a few notable accomplishments:
November 2013 e-khaya featured in SA Affordable Housing publication
October 2013 e-khaya at Blue Downs is completed
Augst 21-31 e-khaya exhibits at OpenDesign expo at Cape Town City Hall and is visited by Premier Helen Zille.
July 2013 e-khaya presents at TEDx Cape Town 2013.
June 2013 e-khaya becomes a flagship project of ‘110% Green’ campaign of Western Cape Provincial Government.
From Dr. Johnny Anderton:
“Thought you might be interested in this, the e-khaya project (means ‘home’ in Zulu). Find it at e-khaya.com Very narrow walls achieved, less than 150mm, but still insulated and fireproof. Most cost effective and fastest method of durable construction that I know of, especially when you include the arched, self supporting insulated roof. Is an adaptation of the Eternally Solar EarthBagBuild system with triple tube bags. Designed to be built by homeowners themselves in informal settlements in South Africa. However, we are currently frustrated by local politicians though! Could possibly be of use in the Philippines and other disaster prone areas. Retail cost of materials here in SA, for one module (14m2 footprint) including insulated roof and insulated floor, door and window, is about 600 USD.
Source: e-khaya.com (excellent website explains everything in detail)
Owen: I’ve got news for these crooked politicians. They won’t be able to stop the flood of requests that will come once people learn of this. Those who are not aligned with the will of the masses will be quickly voted out. So I’d say to Johnny, don’t get discouraged. Keep pressing ahead and make sure large numbers of people hear about this flyers, posters, over the radio, newspaper, Internet, etc. Maybe you should run for office and replace one of these hucksters.
Also, I want to say what a great design this is. I think Johnny hit a home run with e-khaya. I can’t say enough good things about it.
For rainy climates like the Philippines, I recommend curved metal roofing on top of the e-khaya insulated vaulted roof that extends a few inches beyond the walls to help prevent mold growth.
e-khaya Blue Downs Project (see page 8 of this PDF)
Dr. Anderton’s TEDx talk