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AIT to promote Habitech Building Technology in Africa

Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will promote Habitech Building Technology in Nigeria and other countries in Africa following the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Elim Project Systems Limited (EPSL), Scotland, UK.

The MoU was signed on 17 June 2013 by the Dr. Elizabeth Bola Ogunlana, Director and CEO of (EPSL), and Prof. Worsak Kanok-Nukulchai, Acting President of AIT.

Besides promoting Habitech building technology, both parties will also develop joint proposals for submission to prospective funding agencies to facilitate the provision of decent and affordable housing in Africa. The MoU also stipulates joint collaborative research projects and joint training courses in the field of building material production and construction, and community development activities in relation to affordable housing.

Prof. Stephen Olu Ogunlana, former faculty of Structural Engineering in AIT’s School of Engineering and Technology (SET) and Mr. Gyanendra R Sthapit, Interim Director, Habitech Center, SET attended the MoU signing ceremony.

Habitech Center specializes in creating cost-effective housing system called Self-Contained Housing Delivery System or Habitech Building System. Nearly 150 projects based on this system have already been implemented.

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