Indigenous materials and techniques database (IMTeD): a sustainability data aid for designers
Authors: Moore, D.R.; Wilson, M.A.; Ahmed, N.
Source: International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management, Volume 2, Numbers 1-2, 21 July 2003 , pp. 177-186(10)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:A consideration of the "value" of indigenous materials in developing nations precedes an overview of current approaches to encouraging their sustainable use. A significant factor in the failure of traditional building materials to become widely established in the developing world is identified as being a lack of appropriate (i.e. supported by formal measurement and test procedures) codes and standards. The relevance of using existing material characterisation and quality control tests for the "on‐site" selection of suitable earth‐based brick construction materials is examined. The paper concludes with a discussion of issues relevant to the further development of a materials performance database in the context of achieving a design aid which is both sustainable in the efficient use of indigenous materials, and sympathetic to the culture of individual developing nations.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2003-07-21
- The objectives of the International Journal of Environmental Technology and Management are to establish an effective channel of communication between policy-makers, government agencies, academics and research institutions, and professionals working in the field, and to provide a forum for them to disseminate information and to learn from each other's work. The international dimension is emphasised in order to overcome cultural and national barriers and to meet the needs of accelerating technological change and changes in the global economy.
- Information for Authors
- Submit a Paper
- Subscribe to this Title
- Terms & Conditions
- ingentaconnect is not responsible for the content or availability of external websites