To date PAKSBAB has trained about 60 people and has built 27 straw bale houses in northern Pakistan, 26 of which are in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province and one in district Jhelum, Punjab Province. Our primary target market is micro- to small-income families. The houses are one-story and range in size from one-room with veranda (357 s.f.) to 4-rooms plus bath, kitchen and veranda (1024 s.f.).
Straw bales suitable for building are not available in Pakistan, therefore PAKSBAB has developed a system for making straw bales using manually operated farm jacks and locally fabricated compression moulds. We are encouraging and supporting independent local enterprises to manufacture and supply straw bales and other building materials for our projects.
In 2007, we initiated our rural Community Development Program (CDP), designed to engage severely disadvantaged families in the construction of their own straw bale houses. The standard CDP home is 24 ft. by 24 ft. (576 s.f.), comprised of two rooms and a veranda, with an optional kitchen. Each family contributes labor and some building materials, if possible. With local community input, PAKSBAB selects project beneficiaries based on their need, vulnerability, and willingness to participate in the home building process. Preference is given to victims of the 2010/2011 floods or 2005 earthquake, widows with small children, and people with disabilities.
Additional appropriate building methods that PAKSBAB is promoting include passive solar, rainwater catchment, solar lamps, high-efficiency cooking and heating, and the use of natural building materials such as light straw clay, wattle and daub, and cob.
SCIPPER / Wahab Jan Accessible House, 2012
Manzoor Hussain / SCIPPER / Noor Jehan Accessible House, 2011
Susan and Farhan Mahmood / SCIPPER / Kulsoom Bibi House, 2011
Spirit Interior Design / Imran Khan Foundation Conf. Room, 2011
Manzoor Hussain Jhelum Residence, 2011
Atlanta / Maher Angeez Bibi House, 2010
GracieCam Foundation / Walli Ullah House, 2010
Atlanta / Maziky Bibi House, 2010
Mark Phillips 2-House Battal Project, 2010
Joanna Karl Memorial Fund 6-House Project, 2009-2010
Bach Christian Hospital Employee Housing, 2009
Smith International Foundation 2-House Project, 2008
Robert and Jeanne Leach / Hamid Ullah House, 2007-2008
Salamat-e-Hazara 3-House Project, 2007
Salamat-e-Hazara Qalandarabad Project, 2007
Hillkot Residence, 2006-2007
Jabori Women's Community Center, 2006