Indications for low-cost sustainability in Egyptian residential construction

  • Karim Kesseiba Cairo University
  • Mennat-Allah El-Husseiny Cairo University
Keywords: affordable sustainability, housing sector, vernacular materials, environmental awareness, Cairo


Although sustainable building techniques and materials have always been used in the residential sector in Egypt, the calls for strategies to implement more environmentally friendly ways of the building have been rising. The study presents considerations on how and what can be done to make a sustainable and at the same time affordable design, not only with highly sophisticated systems; analyses the suburbs surrounding Cairo, describes case studies that have shown environmentally friendly solutions and concludes with a synoptic framework for affordable environmentally sustainable strategies which can be used for the housing sector.

Author Biographies

Karim Kesseiba, Cairo University

Architect and PhD, he is an Associate Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering. Member of the Teaching Committee for Architectural Design Studios for Graduate and Undergraduate Programs, he carried out design and urban design programs for Kesseiba Consultants in Housing and Recreational Projects in Egypt and Gulf Countries.

Mennat-Allah El-Husseiny, Cairo University

Architect and PhD, she is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Architecture, Faculty of Engineering. She is a Member of the Teaching Committee for the Double Master Program ‘Revitalization of Historic City District’, BTU-Cottbus-Cairo.


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How to Cite
Kesseiba, K. and El-Husseiny, M.-A. (2019) “Indications for low-cost sustainability in Egyptian residential construction”, AGATHÓN | International Journal of Architecture, Art and Design, 6(online), pp. 182-191. doi: 10.19229/2464-9309/6172019.
Architecture | Research & Experimentation
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