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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 contentsFundamental information on protective measures
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
View the documentModular framed earth block construction
View the documentLok Bild system
View the documentConcrete panel house
View the documentFerrocement housing units
View the documentFibracreto building system
View the documentBamboocrete construction
View the documentBamboo houses
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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Ferrocement housing units

KEYWORDS:

Special properties

Thin but very rigid wall construction

Economical aspects

Low to medium

Stability

Good

Skills required

Average construction skills

Equipment required

Simple construction tools

Resistance to earthquake

Good

Resistance to hurricane

Good

Resistance to rain

Good

Resistance to insects

Good

Climatic suitability

Warm humid climates

Stage of experience

Experimental

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

• A simple ferrocement house was constructed in 1977 on the Caribbean island of Dominica by Richard Holloway.

• Readily available round-wood poles were used for the load-bearing framework. Chicken-wire was stretched between the poles and plastered with cement mortar, first a rough layer, then a smooth finish. The timber frame remained exposed.

• Care was taken to protect the timber from rainwater and termite attack, by mounting the vertical members on galvanized pipe supports, embedded in exposed concrete footings.

• The roof was made of galvanized iron sheets with a gap left at the top of the wall plate for ventilation. The floors, doors and windows were made of reject quality wood and old boxes, which after painting showed no great difference from new wood.

Further information: Bibl. 24.09.

Construction Details (Bibl. 24.09)


Details of footing

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