Concrete panel house
• This building system was implemented in housing development projects in Nicaragua and Colombia, initiated by GATE and conducted by ARCO Grasser and Partner, Munich, Federal Republic of Germany.
• The prime requirements were earthquake resistance, simple prefabrication and rapid construction, which resulted in a system of reinforced concrete panels held by vertically fixed U-profiled steel frames, and a timber roof structure with corrugated galvanized iron sheets.
• The precast panels are connected by V-shaped tongue and groove joints, sealed with cement grout after assembly. The ring beam at the top can be of sawn timber or in situ concrete. Wooden door and window frames are made to the same width as the panels and inserted likewise between the steel frames.
• The panels can alternatively be made of wooden or bamboo boards, pumice concrete, ferrocement, or other locally available material.
Further information: GATE, Posffach 5180, 6236 Eschborn, Federal Republic of Germany; Bibl. 24.02.
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