Timber panel walls
• With a well coordinated, modular design, only a few types of wall panels need to be prefabricated, and the less the number of different components, the quicker and cheaper is the process of prefabrication.
• Well seasoned timber should be used in order to prevent moisture movements and distortions which could make assembly difficult and cause dangerous stresses in the course of time.
• Protective measures against biological agents, hurricanes 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 (IPI), 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.
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