By launching Eco-dôme, a start-up which constructs ecological dome-shaped houses, Youness Ouazri intended to bring rural landscapes and construction together, whilst respecting the environment and encouraging local tourism. A very ambitious goal for this young Moroccan who has always believed in his dreams.
It all started for Youness when he was an engineering student at the Hassania Civil Works University in Casablanca. At the time, he was a member of an association that promoted social entrepreneurship and worked on the issue of unsanitary housing.
Thanks to the knowledge acquired as a result of his studies and research on the ancestral techniques of ecological construction as well as new methods, Youness, along with the help of his team, developed the ingenious concept of earth-based eco-domes, combining tradition and modernity whilst complying with existing standards in Morocco and respecting the environment.
The innovation of the eco-domes resides, in particular, in the use of local natural earth, which enables the buildings to guarantee acoustic and thermal insulation, without the need for heating or air-conditioning, and be aesthetically pleasing. These models, which are quick to build, inexpensive and environmentally friendly, tick all the boxes in terms of ecological construction that respects the environment. Today, they bring happiness to dozens of Moroccans, mainly in rural areas. Youness Ouazri’s goal is to soon build them in urban areas as well.
The SwitchMed initiative is funded by the European Union. Its activities benefit 8 countries in the Southern Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia. Through policy development, demonstration activities and networking opportunities, SwitchMed supports and connects stakeholders to scale-up eco and social innovations. The programme supports policy makers, eco-innovative small and medium sized enterprises, industries, start-ups and entrepreneurs in the Southern Mediterranean countries, which have identified job creation and natural resource protection as priority issues that also contribute to their economic stability.
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