Habitat for Humanity Bangladesh has a range of different approaches to providing housing solutions to low-income families. Habitat understands that each family differs in size, circumstance and need. Habitat’s approach is flexible enough to offer different and adaptable solutions to all. Home partners invest their own labor known as “sweat equity” to construct their homes. In all current projects, Habitat works through partners and also directly with the families to fully-fund homes and provides technical support for housing.
New House Construction
HFH Bangladesh offers a low-cost ‘core house’ design. Families start by building a house with a single room, a veranda and a latrine. Once this is built, the design allows the owners to add a second room and veranda.
Renovation and Repair
Habitat renovations and repairs are planned changes and upgrades made to a sub?standard house so a family can have improved and adequate living space. We offer technical support for a range of major and minor renovations. By offering the option of renovating a home, Habitat is able to support families who already have a house which only needs improvement.
A major renovation is recommended if a house is in a poor condition and requires a large amount of work to bring it to a decent, stable shape. The work includes strengthening foundations and concrete floors, building new walls or rendering existing walls, fixing roofs (framing and covering), raising plinths and building verandas.
When a house structure is stable, the need may be for minor renovation. The work might involve sealing a floor, rendering a wall, repairing a roof, extending a veranda, adding doors and windows, plastering and painting, building a sanitary latrine, installing a rainwater-harvesting system or building a tube well for safe water.
Appropriate Construction Technology Training
Few people living in rural areas have expert knowledge or adequate skills to build houses. HFH Bangladesh has developed a set of comprehensive guidelines and training modules on different ways to build using a variety of materials and equipment; how to create water and sanitation facilities such as rainwater harvesting systems; and project management tips such as making estimates, managing labor and time, controlling waste and quality. Habitat trains existing building workers as well as community leaders and other people who want to develop the ability to make and repair their own homes in an effective and sustainable manner.