- Latin America / Caribbean
Sectors of activity
Buildings and construction, Education, Industrial Sector
Type of initiative
Capacity Building & Implementation, Education & Awareness Raising
Type of lead actor
The objective is to promote better production of building materials with less embodied energy and to teach engineers, architects and masons to build more efficiently and more disaster resistant without raising monetary and ecological costs.
Capacity building on all levels of the housing delivery in the formal and informal popular market lowers vulnerability in natural and man-made disaster situations and is the base for sustainable use of raw materials.
Dual education integrates schooling and practical work on the constructions ite and sets new parameters for popular construction.
The integrated teaching program qualifies small and medium producers of blocks, tiles, panels, pipes and other cement based materials to streamline their production. Empirical masons are educated and trained to build resilient structures with low ecological footprint and prepared to become small entrepreneurs at the service of their neighborhoods. They are educated to act with responsibility and bring quality and some level of formality to the informal market that dominates social housing. As independent builders they will fill the existing void in the popular market where masons not only act as builders, but also as architects, engineers and quantity surveyors.
Professionals are guided to a holistic approach in planning and implementing social housing programs, they are also prepared as instructors for the training of masons. This will support the development of creative projects of social housing, where good design combines with solid structures that can be copied by others and by self-builders.
EcoSur network operates two education centers in Nicaragua (for more than 15 years) and in Ecuador. Our experienced specialists have designed different programs for institutional clients in other Latin American countries.
We are offering our services to institutions and companies to assist in the setting up of construction teaching programs.
Impact and Results
Since 2003 several hundred builders and some 50 professionals have been prepared through the program. Many of the masons have since become successful small entrepreneurs.
Extensive teaching aids and curricula have been developed
Next steps and how to get involved
Ecosur is offering its services to institutions and companies to assist in setting up of construction teaching programs