The use of mud for housing construction
technically known as Earth building is a tradition that is
as old as the history of man living in man-made shelter
in different forms and shapes over time and space. But
three major natural weaknesses (water erosion, low
compressive strength and its predominantly traditional
roundish architecture) inherent in the earth-material is
affecting the progressive use and acceptance of these
earth-materials(mud) for modern housing construction.
Secondly, the introduction and use of cement- and steelbased construction materials in the earl 19th century,
which became widely accepted has also relegated earth
buildings to become a symbol of the poor rural dwellers.
This poor image of earth buildings (which is more of a
social psychology and bias against traditional earth
buildings) is continually posing a major hindrance to the
acceptance of improved earth building technologies for
qualitative housing in many developing countries. It is
therefore necessary to take definite steps to create the
enabling environment for incorporating improvements
in earth building technologies into on-going housing
programmes. These are some of the measures being
advocated here which are anchored on the author’s
practical field and research exposures in blending the
good in our traditional earth building heritage and
surviving practices with standard construction practices
(Nwankwor, 2008, & Gana, Nwankwor & Tika, 2019).
The recommendations will result is a synergy between
technological advancements and traditional practices
within the earth building industry and hopefully to
provide quality housing for rural dwellers and
rehabilitation of several Internally Displaced Persons
(IDPs) in Nigeria.
Keywords : Earth-Building, Building Capacity, SocioPsychological Change, Acceptance, and Quality Low-Cost Housing.