We’re Changing the Way the World Thinks About Mud Houses
We aim to revolutionise the affordable housing market in the Global South by re-inventing the earthen home.
Our mission is to provide the bottom of the pyramid with affordable housing solutions that are truly low-cost, safe and 100% circular.
CoolBricks are 100% natural, bio-stabilized earthen bricks based on active ingredients derived from cow-dung.
FOR OUR ENVIRONMENT
The key ingredients of CoolBricks are earth (mud), active ingredients derived from cow dung and a mix of additional biopolymers to optimize the formula. This mixture is compressed into a block, which results in a neat looking product. The same mixture can also be used for the mortar to further create cost advantages for our clients. The blocks are not fired and contain no cement, thereby making it truly 100% recyclable and environment-friendly.
FOR THE SOCIETY
Our CoolBricks production and building system is based on bolstering the local supply chain. We do this by valorising and upcycling locally found materials and by training, empowering, and hiring local masons and workers. We expect to have a positive impact on agricultural farms that can earn extra income by processing cow-dung waste.
PARADIGM SHIFT IN PERCEPTION
The use of indigenous and local material for construction is a traditional practice that is rooted in many cultures globally. However, over the last decades, the use of local material is declining in favour of fired bricks and concrete. With our aesthetic and long-lasting CoolBrick houses, we want to reignite trust in local and natural materials, and therefore, influence building code and policies in favour of natural materials.
Innovation driven by scientific research and practical understanding.
The science behind CoolBricks was developed at TU Delft in The Netherlands, where it was upscaled from a 5cm block to a free standing wall. Our team has unique expertise in biological binders for earthen bricks, especially those related and suited to cow-dung. We combine unique
scientific expertise with business acumen and conceptual creativity, to innovate beyond the current boundaries in the affordable housing market.
CoolBricks vs. Fired Bricks
FOR 30SQM HOUSE
LESS CARBON EMISSIONS
We work with various partners across multi-disciplinary fields for research, innovation, design and execution. We are always on the look out for new and local talent in Uganda to collaborate with us.
ON THE GROUND
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3 New job opportunities at The CoolBricks
We’re hiring talented, motivated fundraisers, masons, block-machine operators and construction engineer for our growing team in Uganda. Head over to our careers page to know more.
THIS IS US
We build on unique expertise, skills and experiences across various disciplines. We have a strong blend of soft skills where analytic capabilities, creativity and operational follow-through come together.
Our diverse backgrounds from India, The Netherlands and Uganda are a valuable combination with the common thread being our strong motivation to build a successful and impactful venture in affordable housing.
Julius has over 15 years of community engagement in low income projects and has seen the challenge of low quality housing and the issues faced by low income earners in their journey to access affordable quality housing in Uganda.
Florence is an expert block-machine operator who has worked on CSEB blocks.
Yask Kulshreshtha received his PhD from TU Delft in the field of earth construction. He has developed water resistant unfired mud bricks using bio stabilisers, securing multiple grants for his research and execution
A civil engineer by training, Uday has worked at the grassroots focusing on affordable and environmentally sensitive housing solutions for marginalised communities in disaster-affected areas and slums.
Emile Smeenk is an impact entrepreneur who focuses on developing new product and concepts in the built environment, that tackle both social and ecological challenges.