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alternative building materials
i hav a project on 'design and cost comparison of residential building using alternative construction materials'
if any body have some ides then kindly share it.
Nabeel Sarwar
alternative building materials
Hello Nabeel

This is a serious topic. because we live in a world now, where we are creating more and more unnecessary products and garbage.

In my school in Bergen, Norway, we have a course on Energy effeciency and alternate buildingmaterials this semester. We went on a workshop/buildingcourse in Zwolle, Netherlands, to build a public teahouse, made out of dirt-compacted tires, bottles and cans.
this is a project, done by a group of people dedicated to building out of garbage for over 30 years. They call it Earthship, and the man behind this concept it is Michael Reynolds.
see for more information.
further more we are building something of our own at our school these days. having a large scale, old factory as a schoolbuilding, we are trying to retrofit it, by building smaler nests inside of it. creating rooms that gather heat, only from person & laptop. these nests are being build by paperbales, compressed bales of paper, given to us, by stores. the idea is to create inside-shelter, in a rather cold, un-insulated building. the callange today, is to implicate this where it is needed the most, in slum areas. Giving people the help and inspiration to build this themselves.

If you want to know more about this, i`ll be happy to give you updated information and pictures.

regards G�ran
Goran Johansen
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Nabeel, perhaps you could also consider the design of the materials as well as the materials?

Goran, Your "nesting" idea reminds me of the way in which people (in the not so distant past) kept themselves warm in their homes.

For example there are two types of enclosure for beds (a) alcoves / niches in the wall of a building and (b)"Four poster" beds with a canopy and curtains all around the bed.

There are two types of alcove bed I know of (a) bunk beds inset within brick or stone walls and (b) the Linen Closet in Traditional Turkish wood-frame houses which doubled as a bed space within the double interior wall.

Another solution is the Russian bed on a platform over the fire/oven.

Another point is that straw has long been known not only for its insulating qualities, but also for heating or cooking food. I believe this phenomena occurs in hay barns when the mass of compacted straw catches alight.

In fact any fibrous material is a good insulator, so there is not only wood, bamboo, straw, bracken, etc. There is also fur and hair, such as the matted form of hair used in the Mongol Yurt.
Frank John Snelling
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Your topic is quite interesting and challlenging. I have tried it in the past, in our local environment here (North-Eastern Nigeria). I have found out it is, almost, all about building economics. The functional shape of your design matters a lot. The more the design deviates from conventional straight lines and shapes, the more expensive it becomes. Also, copy "vogue" designs deny us the opportunity to explore the advantages and benefits of using the materials available locally. I suppose this is true in all countries. I suggest you visit for additional and/further materials on the subject.

Bello Aminu
Bello Aminu
alternative building materials
Bello, Conventional straight lines and shapes come from using "off the shelf" or ready-made building materials from the factory. In other words because these products are mass-produced in a factory this limits the design options.

On the other hand `limits` can be overcome when such standard materials are used in unconventional ways which then create unique designs.

Most "in vogue" designs are in vogue because they can throw away the rules of economy and pretend to be unique, but they are "unique" because the costs are so prohibitively high that copies are only for the mega-rich.

There is obviously a world of difference between design and build in the real everyday world of humans and the isolated world of the mega-rich.

Perhaps there should be a `Campaign for Real Architecture` which addresses the needs and wants of most people?
Frank John Snelling
alternative building materials
alternative construction material.
While looking for alternative material why not take a look also on material properties of different material and try to exploit it which might be devised in different way to build.For example, I saw some where a beam of plastic filled with air and strengthened with criss cross patterns of nylon rope, A set of ropes weaved together to form a facade......
Deepak Baniya
alternative building materials
Hi, Deepak,

I am researching air as a formative agent in construction. Can you give me a link to where you saw this kind of structure?

T Fatima II
alternative building materials
hey am searching notes
Alternative Building Materials:

1. *Characteristics of building blocks for walls

2. Stones and Laterite blocks

3. Bricks and hollow clay blocks

4. Concrete blocks

5. Stabilized blocks : mud blocks, steam cured blocks, Fal-G Blocks stone masonry block.
notes.if any1 has plsssssssss send me
Chimpu Kart


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