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close this bookAppropriate Building Materials: a Catalogue of Potential Solutions (SKAT; 1988; 430 pages)
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Open this folder and view contentsFundamental information on building materials
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Open this folder and view contentsExamples of foundation materials
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View the documentMud brick vaults and domes
View the documentEarthquake resistant mud/bamboo structures
View the documentAdobe brick house
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View the documentLok Bild system
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View the documentFerrocement housing units
View the documentFibracreto building system
View the documentBamboocrete construction
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View the documentPrefabricated timber hut
View the documentPrefabricated wooden house
View the documentTimber houses for flood areas
View the documentRha-lime prototype house
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Adobe brick house

KEYWORDS:

Special properties

Improved traditional building system

Economical aspects

Low to medium costs

Stability

Good

Skills required

Traditional construction skills

Equipment required

Formwork for bricks and concrete, building equipment

Resistance to earthquake

Good

Resistance to hurricane

Good

Resistance to rain

Depends on soil stabilization

Resistance to insects

Medium to good

Climatic suitability

All except extremely hot dry climates

Stage of experience

Increasing applications

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

• This building system was implemented in a housing development project in El Salvador, Central America, initiated by GATE and conducted by the Institute for Tropical Building, Starnberg, Federal Republic of Germany, headed by Dr.Ing. Georg Lippsmeier.

• The aim was to improve the earthquake resistance of traditional adobe brick houses, by self-help methods and with little additional costs.

• The improvements were: strengthening of the site-produced mud bricks by adding lime; providing reinforced concrete foundations and ring beams; rigid connection between roof and supporting walls.

Further information: GATE, Postfach 5180, 6236 Eschborn, Federal Republic of Germany; Bibl. 00.18, 24.01.


Construction Details of Wall, Ring Beam and Roof (Bibl. 24.01)

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