The housing crisis on the African continent is twofold. On the one hand, the housing stock is of poor quality. For example, the connection to electricity and drinking water is unreliable, leading to waste and the spread of disease. On the other hand, the housing stock is insufficient and millions of Africans are homeless. According to the last census carried out in 2013, 225 million people live in an African slum, or about 50% of the continent's urban population. This qualitative and quantitative crisis is worsening as demand increases faster than supply. Population growth coupled with a massive rural exodus (3% annual urban growth according to the UN) would require an unprecedented construction effort. Unfortunately, the housing supply is inherently rigid (very long production cycle) and we will see that this rigidity is accentuated in Africa due to political and economic instability. Each year, unmet demand results in overcrowding of existing homes and an increase in the number of homeless people.
For three years, Messibat International has been offering a "turnkey" solution for the construction of an autonomous eco-district in terms of energy, drinking water and sanitation, and has offered innovative solutions around Internet access and wastewater treatment. , access to drinking water, access to energy by freeing oneself from the centralized networks so often failing.
The architecture of the buildings and the choice of materials are two major components of the Smart City. Messibat International highlights African architecture as well as traditional African housing but in a modern way using bio-sourced materials at the center of the development of smart cities in Sub-Saharan Africa. This is the reason why Messibat International has developed a new innovative, totally ecological building material which will have a profound impact on our environment. The whole process begins with our automated production technology to fabricate pre-fabricated earth walls for the efficient construction of all-natural, affordable and energy efficient buildings.