December 2003

Marketing degree through MCR research

Jazmin Jara and Viviana Logroño, students at the school of marketing at the Polytechnical University of Chimborazo, in Riobamba in Ecuador, received their degrees after defending their thesis entitled “Investigation of the market to determine the demand for MCR roofs in the province of Chimborazo in 2003”.

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Impact of clay construction in Orwetoveni

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Distributors – a link in the chain of commercialization

The distributors are an important link in the chain of commercialization, a point well-recognized by “Techofácil” in Ecuador. They know that attention to their distributors is as vital to success as is attention to their clients.

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Masonry apprenticeship at SofoNic

In an innovative apprenticeship program, SofoNic is educating young people in the arts of masonry. In the practical apprenticeship the students will be building houses four days of the week and will receive theoretical classes on the remaining day.

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News - December 2003

Cooking with the sun
In September the Clay House Project organized a solar cooking demonstration. The public quickly grasped that the oven uses only one-eighth of the firewood needed for cooking over an open fire. After about two hours the entire meal was ready. While people must get used to a longer cooking time than when using a wood fire, much less water is needed, a factor not to be underestimated in the desert environment of Namibia.

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Loja: Ecological City
The 175,000 inhabitants of Loja in southern Ecuador are proud of the international recognition of their city. Among the recognitions is third prize as World Ecological City, first place in Civic Participation awarded by the United Nations, and the prize for a Healthy City awarded by the World Health Organization and Pan American Health Organization. The mayor ascertains that all has been possible because the citizens of Loja have been involved in the diagnosis, planning, execution and evaluation of the projects.

Photo and text from
Municipio de Loja

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Construction professionals host ECOSouth presentation
A presentation about Ecomaterials by Prof. Dr. Kurt Rhyner in November at the headquarters of the Chamber of Construction of Esmeraldas on the northern coast of Ecuador attracted many members of the hosting organizations (Chamber of Construction, Association of Architects & Association of Engineers). They received an overview of the ecomaterials concept, with a special focus upon disaster prevention and popular architecture. The architects and engineers entered into an enthusiastic discussion with the speaker, after which all enjoyed snacks and drinks, then relaxed around the billiard table.

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Martín Meléndez
Civil Engineer
Spanish and English
Microconcrete roofing tiles (MCR), CP 40 (alternative cement), adobe, tapial, burnt clay bricks, social organization, workshop planning for MCR and alternative cement, setup and implementation of housing projects, disaster prevention in construction


EcoMateriales: Teja de MicroConcreto y Paneles de FerroCemento

The EcoSur network presents a short professional video on two major technologies, the Ferrocement panels and the Micro Concrete Roofing Tiles. Filmed in Nicaragua and Salvador, it shows production and application and gives a summary overview of those two materials that have a relatively small ecological footprint and have widely proven to be sustainable in the three classical dimensions ecology, economy and social acceptance.

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