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close this bookAppropriate Building Materials: a Catalogue of Potential Solutions (SKAT; 1988; 430 pages)
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View the documentStabilized earth floors
View the documentBurnt clay and concrete components
View the documentPrecast concrete ceiling components
View the documentBamboo floors
View the documentTimber floors
View the documentSulphur concrete floors
View the documentCommon floor finishes
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Timber floors

KEYWORDS:

Special properties

Suitable for prefabrication, quick assembly

Economical aspects

Medium costs

Stability

Good

Skills required

Carpentry skills

Equipment required

Carpentry tools

Resistance to earthquake

Good

Resistance to hurricane

Low to medium

Resistance to rain

Low to medium

Resistance to insects

Low

Climatic suitability

Warm humid climates

Stage of experience

Standard construction

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

• Wooden floors are standard constructions in all parts of the world.

• They are principally made of wooden planks, nailed onto a sawn timber sub-structure.

The smaller the distance between the members of the supporting structure, the stronger the floor or ceiling and the less the vibration and sound transmission, but also the higher the costs (as more timber is needed).

• Protective measures against biological agents and fire are essential (see section on PROTECTIVE MEASURES).

• The illustrations on the next three pages are taken from the excellently illustrated UNIDO

Manual on Wooden House Construction, which was prepared by the Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas (IPT), Sao Paulo, Brazil, for a self-help community building project at

Coroados, Manaus, under a contract with the Housing Society for the Amazon State (SHAM).

Further information: Instituto de Pesquisas Tecnologicas (IPI) do Estado de Sao Paulo, S.A., P.O. Box 7141, 05508 Sao Paulo, Brazil; Bibl. 14.22.


Timber Floor Construction (Bibl. 14.22)


FIGURE

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