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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
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Sulphur concrete floors

KEYWORDS:

Special properties

Strong, durable and water-resistant

Economical aspects

Medium costs

Stability

Very good

Skills required

Experience in use of sulphur

Equipment required

Conventional mixer equipped with a heater

Resistance to earthquake

Good

Resistance to hurricane

Good

Resistance to rain

Good

Resistance to insects

Good

Climatic suitability

All climates

Stage of experience

Experimental

SHORT DESCRIPTION:

• Sulphur concrete floors comprise elemental sulphur and an inorganic aggregate, usually coarse and fine sand (see section on Sulphur).

• The sulphur concrete can either be poured in situ or precast as floor tiles of any appropriate shape.

• In situ constructions require skill, experience and speed, as the molten sulphur hardens rapidly on cooling.

• Sulphur concrete tiles can be laid in sand beds in the same way as fired clay, concrete and other floor tiles. Further information: Alvaro Ortega, Research Consultant, 3460 Peel Street, Apt. 811, Montreal P.Q., Canada; Bibl. 18.01, 18.04, 18.05, 18.06, 18.07.

Experimental Sulphur Concrete Floors

Sulphur concrete topping on bamboo-polyurethane ceiling construction, developed by Christopher Alexander for a low-cost housing scheme in Peru (PREVI Proyecto Experimental de Vivienda, international competition sponsored by the United Nations, Peruvian Government and Housing Bank, 1969).
(Bibl. 18.01)


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