Latex Concrete Habitat

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In many war torn and poverty stricken regions, the indigenous architecture has been heavy mud and wattle roofs on thick mud walls. These structures, while cool in the summer, are of very low strength, are maintenance intensive, are time consuming to build, and are largely in massive disrepair. Replacing these mud structures with the light weight roofs of latex concrete produces a permanent architecture significantly more safe and strong, of very low maintenance, and of remarkably low cost, as the roofs can be built by available unskilled labor. The time required for reconstruction is considerably shorter than the time required to replace the older heavy construction, and the self-help characteristic of this new form of construction leads to more rapid recovery from disaster.

This how-to-do-it manual teaches people how to build these new roofs.


 

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Contents

Latex Concrete Roofs for Resettlement and Refugee Camp Conditions
1
Vaulted Latex Concrete Shelters
8
Construction of a 20 x 20 LC HP Roof
12
Selection of Materials
29
Stress Analysis
46
Placing New Roofs On Existing Walls
64
Construction Ideas for Latex Concrete Habitat
71
A School for Wardak Afghanistan Built by Dr George Nez
114
Length of a Parabolic Arch
118
Surface Area of an HP Shell
121
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