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NCF 7: New and Affordable Building Materials Promoting Sustainability in Nepal (NABIN)

Photo: Build Up Nepal
Photo: Build Up Nepal
The project will enable sustainable post-earthquake reconstruction in Nepal through a strengthened supply chain for climate friendly building material and the establishment of 100 self-sustaining micro- and small enterprises (MSMEs) for production of CSEB building blocks.

New and Affordable Building Materials Promoting Sustainability in Nepal (NABIN)
Ref: NDF C96

Nordic Partner: DanChurchAid
Local Partner: Build Up Nepal
Other Partner: Practical Action
Total Project Cost: EUR 603,702   
NCF Financing: EUR 450,000
Agreement Signed: 3 September 2018
Project type: Mitigation
Duration: 24 months


The project seeks to test and demonstate a scaled pro-poor and climate friendly business model for Compressed Stabilised Earth Bricks (CSEB) technology in the Nepalese context, strengthining a number of points along the supply chain of the sustainable construction industry. This will ultimately strengthen Nepal’s capacity to mitigate and adapt to climate change through viable rural initiatives with strong social and climate impacts.

Over 650,000 houses were destroyed by the 2015 earthquake in Nepal. Since then, only 15% have been rebuilt. Most of the damages were sustained in 14 districts across the Hilly regions, where the population is vulnerable to economic shocks and natural disasters. In this context, appropriate low-cost housing is a dire need in the region, as is building sustained livelihoods. Replacing the prevailing building material, which is both resource-demanding and with negative environmental impacts, the CSEB technology is low-cost, locally adaptable and environmentally sustainable. The business model focuses on creating a strong local business environment to rebuild infrastructure in a socially sustainable way in hard-to-reach areas.

Bringing together the three partners’ expertise in CSEB technology, rural entrepreneurship development, capacity building and mobilization, the goal is to scale this historically disaster resilient and climate friendly indigenous technology. The project expects to enhance the livelihood of affected people by:

  • Establishing self-sustaining and commercially viable CESB enterprises,
  • Increasing demand of disaster resilient and climate responsive construction materials, and
  • Strengthening the supply chain of  CSEBs through increasing the access of business development services to entrepreneurs


Expected key results

  • 100 CSEB enterprises created
  • 1 650 direct jobs created
  • 21 million CSEB bricks produced
  • 20% cost savings on housing reconstruction for 3,500 households
  • 280 masons trained in CSEB technology construction methods
  • Increased access to financial products by CSEB entrepreneurs
  • Local awareness of sustainable building materials, uses and advantages
  • 16 231 tonnes of CO2 saved during the project period