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The use of alternative building technologies as a sustainable affordable housing solution

Perspectives from South Africa

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Johnson Adetooto, Abimbola Windapo, Francesco Pomponi

14 November 2022

Emerald Publishing Limited


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South Africa

This study, titled "The Use of Alternative Building Technologies as a Sustainable Affordable Housing Solution: perspectives from South Africa," explores the perceptions of local experts and end users regarding the adoption of alternative building technologies (ABTs), with a specific focus on sandbag building technologies (SBTs) in the context of sustainable housing provision in South Africa. The objective is to enhance public understanding of SBTs by evaluating the drivers, barriers, and strategies associated with their implementation. Employing a qualitative research approach, this study conducted focus group meetings as the primary data collection method, with participants comprising ABT experts and end users of ABT houses in South Africa, selected through a convenient sampling technique.


The collected data were meticulously recorded, transcribed verbatim, and subjected to analysis using NVivo 11 software. The findings indicate that key drivers motivating the use of ABTs, particularly SBTs, encompass sustainability, affordability, job creation potential, fire resistance, and earthquake resistance. Moreover, this study identifies strategies for promoting SBTs, including raising awareness, constructing sandbag prototypes in various urban centres, and offering training programmes. These findings offer valuable insights into the factors influencing the adoption of SBTs in sustainable housing projects in South Africa, thereby contributing to informed decision-making in the construction and housing sectors.


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Alternative technology

Building design

Building materials

Built environment


Construction materials

Construction technology



Government programmes

Home improvement


Human settlements


Innovative Technologies

Innovative building technologies


Local economic development




South Africa

Technology and innovation

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