An exhibition of low-cost kicked off on the premises of Institute of Engineering (IOE), Pulchowk, on Friday.
The seven-day expo showcases six different types of houses ranging from prefab to mud and bamboo houses.
“We have put a mud house on display at the expo. It can be built in just five days by using five workers and locally available materials,” Bikram Acharya, a member of a team of 20 students of IOE, which prepared the design of the house, told Republica. “Mud, straw, bamboo and corrugated roofing sheets are the materials used in the house.”
The exhibition is being organized by the government to display designs so that earthquake-hit people can choose to build temporary shelters.
Another house put on display at the expo uses bamboo dabbed with mud, corrugated roofing sheets, and doors, windows false ceiling made from bamboo. The house has been designed by a team of students from Advanced Engineering College, Kupandole. Dibin Paudel, one of the members of the team, said that the cost of one-storied house with two rooms is only around Rs 60,000. It can be built within two to three days by mobilizing two skilled and six unskilled workers.
Similarly, ‘Resilient House’ developed by Himalayan Climate Initiative has also been displayed at the expo.
The house, which uses corrugated roofing sheets and truss structures, is fit for small families. The house can be built at as low as Rs 59,000.
Former Secretary Kishor Thapa said the expo provides options for quake-hit people looking to build low-cost house.