This point is directly connected to Rock’n Wood’s attitude of sustainability. By all possible means, the association selects only Nepalese materials for construction purposes. Our constructions are predominantly made of stone and wood coming from quarries and sawmills located near to the worksite. Furthermore, in all of our building work, we only recruit local workers coming from the village and neighboring villages. In particular, this allows us to stimulate both the local and social economies by means of salaries, material purchases, the creation of eating areas, etc.
In all our projects, we use materials we find on the site allowing us to cut the cost and time usually necessary for transport. In addition, in secluded areas, access by road is complicated, making the use of local materials that much more obvious. Apart from purchases, we pay careful attention not only to the local architecture, but also to the reusable materials following the destruction linked to the 2015 earthquakes.
Rock'n Wood solely employs local work forces. Our projects are a platform for us to teach earthquake resistant construction methods to the Nepalese population. Once we are gone, we want them to be in a capacity to use these techniques as their own. Being accepted and trusted by the locals is therefore essential. We need to build a long-term relationship in order to pass on our knowledge.