With a high-density core of untreated straw and no added resins,
Zero Carbon Panels are covered with recycled cardboard and have a negative carbon footprint. The panels possess excellent physical properties and can therefore either be used as a monolithic load-bearing building panel or in combination with lightweight steel, wood or concrete.
Lightweight steel technology is revolutionising design and construction. Offering improved quality, speed of construction, design flexibility and environmental performance, lightweight steel is a financially attractive alternative to resource-intensive traditional methods of construction, concrete and hot-rolled steel.
Structural cross-laminated timber (CLT), also known as mass timber, is ideal to prefabricate complete load-bearing wall sections. CLT is a lightweight, cost-effective, robust material with steel-like strength. This is another sustainable alternative to traditional construction methods.
Interlocking Stabilised Soil Brick (ISSB) technology is a climate-friendly and high-quality alternative to the commonly used traditionally burnt bricks,
ISSBs are of a consistent size and quality. Structurally they are significantly stronger than traditional burnt bricks and contain a fraction of the embodied energy.
Arch. Daniel Tibagendeka, EDGE Expert, Zero Carbon Designs
Design & build of offices and store for hotel. Timber structure with Zero Carbon Panel cladding.
Location: Kampala, Uganda
Design & build of two innovation centres using Zero Carbon Panel technology. i
Location: Terrego District, Northern Uganda
Design and construction supervision of classroom blocks, library, workshops, and dormitory buildings using Zero Carbon Panel technology.
Location: Arua District
Design and construction supervision of three storey dormitory buildings for 520 students including kitchen and dining facilities.
Design and construction supervision of the centre’s administrative offices and workshops with Zero Carbon Structural elements.
Water filtration building from Interlocking Stabilised Earth Blocks (ISSB).
Masterplan design for the re-location of the operations of the NGO to a new, 2 hectare plot. First neu temporary structures complete.
Design and integration of new classroom blocks and dormitories into the vocational training centre compound.
Design and integration of new classroom blocks, dormitories and a kindergarten building into the school compound.
Location: Western Uganda
Design and construction supervision of a two storey hospital building.
Construction: Light weight steel structure with Zero Carbon Panel cladding and partitions.
Based on designs created by GOPA Infra, ZCD developed the ECO-PSFs using alternative, environmental and climate friendly building materials for Kampala’s urban poor.
Design and integration of dormitories for 400 children into the school compound. Re-design of an existing building into kitchen and dining facilities for 600 children.
Design of a Center for Sustainable Construction at Makerere University
Construction: locally produced FSC certified wood structure, internal and external Zero Carbon Walls, bio-concrete foundations
Design and construction of a new maternity ward to serve the host and refugee population in Kakuma
Construction: Zero Carbon Panel structural elements
Location: Turkana County, Kenya
Construction start: January 2020
Design of a Maternity Clinic
Construction: Zero Carbon Panel structural elements, light weight steel engineered roof trusses and raised floor structure
Location: Northern Uganda
Construction start: 2019
Design build project for the 2nd floor extention to an existing hospital training institute.
Showcase project for our lightweight construction technology.
Completed: December 2019
Design and construction of
NGO Team House in Refugee Camp
Construction: Zero Carbon Panel structural elements, light weight steel roof trusses and raised floor structure
Location: Northern Uganda
Completed: January 2019
Design and construction of
NGO field office
Construction: Zero Carbon Panel structural elements, lightweight steel roof trusses, and standing seam roofing
Location: Northern Uganda
Completed: November 2018
3-Classroom block with rainwater harvesting and solar power.
Training given on alternative building technologies for local Ugandan workers and refugees.
Construction: Lightweight steel structure with strawboard partitions / lining
Location: Rhino Camp, Northern Uganda
Completed: October 2018
A master plan and concept design allowing for green spaces between the buildings and to one side, in order to continue the richness of the nearby wetlands and park and to compliment the surrounding neighbourhood. The special, compacted and open plan living concept responds in a very city-friendly manner to the increased demand for housing in Kigali.
The focal Tower can be seen as a flagship project and reflects the massive urban growth in Kigali. It includes a mix of commercial, retail and residential space and an area for business start-ups services. Public squares around the Tower provide space for urban life adjacent to the retail and office space.
This prototype TVET school was developed in cooperation with Workforce Development Agency in Rwanda as a 2-storey extension to the existing buildings on the site of TSS Nyanza. It comprises 15 seminar rooms, 2 study rooms, 2 laboratories and a library around an open courtyard. The building has been adapted to the local conditions in terms of topography and climate to reduce energy consumption to a minimum. Introducing state of the art technologies like green roofing, solar-technology, new construction materials and rain water harvesting the new centre of TSS Nyanza offers a wide range of practical examples and creates a comfortable learning environment.
Construction of phase one of the Gisozi Heights Development with over 100 projected residential units started in Spring 2017. Phase 1 comprises 26 two and three storey houses, which combine modern design with traditional Rwandan lifestyle requirements. Each living area is designed to maximise natural light and ventilation, and ceiling-height expansive doors on every floor seamlessly extend the indoor living space to the outside.
Location: Gisozi, Kigali
Construction: Lightweight steel structure and strawboard floors/partitioning
Construction commenced: Spring 2017
Demountable facilities including training centre, clinic, wc's, canteen, and site offices.
Construction: Lightweight steel structure for large spans with strawboard partitions / lining, and standing seam external cladding. Strawboard structural elements for smaller buildings
Location: Bugesera, Rwanda
GFA: 1,500 sqm
Construction commenced: December 2016
Pre-fabricated accommodation, office buildings and laboratory
Construction: strawboard structural elements, lightweight steel roof trusses, and standing seam roofing
Location: Butaro, Rwanda
GFA: 1,375 sqm
Construction completed: February 2017
Demountable 60-person military accommodation
Construction: Lightweight steel structure with strawboard partitions / lining, and standing seam external cladding
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
GFA: 365 sqm
Construction completed: January 2017
Internal wall systems up to 5.6m in height for offices and conference facilities
Construction: strawboard double panel and metal profiles
Wall area: 1,850 sqm
Project completed: January 2017
Design and project / construction management of prototype affordable dwelling units incorporating shared facilities and locally-accepted typologies.
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Construction: Monolithic strawboard
GFA: 400 sqm
Construction completed: September 2016
Partitioning system for new multi-level university building
Location: Kigali, Rwanda
Construction: strawboard single-panel
Wall area: 2,250 sqm
Installation completed: November 2016
Zero Carbon Designs (ZCD) investing in sustainable construction solutions, co-funded by FONERWA Rwanda’s Green Fund
Young Kenyan construction workers and refugees from Uganda, South Sudan and
DR Congo receive on the job training in
Zero Carbon Panel construction technology. Kakuma, Northern Kenya
Hon. Grace Kwiyucwiny, Minister for Northern Uganda, Hon. Simon Oyet, and Count Douglas Saurma, President Malteser International listen to Eckardt Dauck, as he explains the
Zero Carbon Panel production process at the lauch of the new IBS Foundation (IBSF) factory.
Zero Carbon Designs experts complete first training program for local youth and refugees in construction using alternative building technologies
Vice Chancelor Prof. Nawangwe received the architectural plan for the proposed Centre for Sustainable Construction in the department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. The team was led by CEDAT Principal Prof. Arinaitwe and Eckardt M.P. Dauck
Grand Hospitaller of the Order of Malta H.E. Dominique Prince de La Rochefauclaude-Montbel cuts the ribbon to open and handover a new classroom block in Northern Uganda
“Smarter Building Solutions for Africa’s Housing Market” presented by Eckardt M.P. Dauck at the 2018 API Summit in Johannesburg.
Eckardt M.P. Dauck was invited as panellist to discuss „Buildings 4.0 –
Green Materials, Sustainable Construction, Efficient Energy“
organised by the German-African Business Association
David Lipton, Deputy Managing Director, of the IMF hosted by Eckardt M.P. Dauck, Chairman of Zero Carbon Designs in Kigali
H.E. President Paul Kagame of Rwanda and
Zero Carbon Designs Chairman Eckardt Dauck discuss affordable housing alternatives
Zero Carbon Designs hosts Frank Rijsberman, Director General of GGGI, Vidar Helgesen, Norwegian Minister of the Environment, and Alex Mulisa, FONERWA
Focus groups carry out research on housing typology preferences in Rwanda as part of a Zero Carbon Designs/Fonerwa project
Li Yong, Director General UNIDO visits the first Zero Carbon Designs model house in Rwanda
In 2015 ZCD was awarded an innovation grant by Rwanda's Fund for Environment and Climate Change with the following project objectives,
ZCD participated in the research project ‘Welcome to Africa’ in partnership initiated by Bauhaus University Weimar and the Ethiopian Institute of Architecture Development (EiABC) at the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
The initial focus was to investigate and test strawboard panels as an innovative and low-weight construction material for emerging cities in Ethiopia, followed by the construction of a prototype building - the Sustainable Emerging City Unit (SECU).
The SECU building design is a strawboard panel double-storey load bearing wall structure, thus eliminating the need for cost-intensive frames, and follows the need for urban density with a design that can be aggregated in various typologies. The SECU was constructed in 2012 on the university campus in Addis Ababa and now serves as a university guesthouse.
In 2016 ZCD contracted the ifeu Institute to carry out a study of potential reduction in carbon emissions when building with strawboard panels vs conventional construction methods in Rwanda (i.e. cement blocks and fired bricks). After close collaboration and completion of Life Cycle Assessment modelling, the final report was published in early 2017.
The report concluded that the essential advantage of the strawboard material is that negative GHG emissions will result, if the material is recycled or the energy content is utilized by incineration. Under these conditions, a one square metre strawboard wall will result in -22 kg of CO2–eq. savings, whereas cement blocks and modern fired bricks will result in net emissions of +14 kg and +11 kg of CO2–eq., respectively.
ZCD played an instrumental role within an innovative development partnership which launched in 2014 with the Workforce Development Authority (WDA), Ministry of Education (MINEDUC) and Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ). Partially financed within the framework of the develoPPP.de program, the primary objectives of the partnership were to improve capacities in the Rwandan construction sector, to develop sustainable construction systems using low carbon building materials and to promote green building materials within Rwanda and neighbouring countries.
ZCD contributed to the development of the BMBF-funded Building Material Calculator (BMC) as part of the Rapid Planning project. The BMC is designed to analyse buildings by applying Lifecycle Analysis modelling to assess material types and construction methods applicable to Rwanda.
Based on chosen values, the calculator provides results for the categories Climate Change, Energy Demand, Fresh Water Use and Land Use.
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