Sunday, April 11, 2010

Indigenous Constructions Materials

We need to look into use of indigenous constructions materials like mud and straw. These materials are cheaper, eco friendly, easier to use and are available all over. Lately, I came across two articles.

First, Mud Architecture reads, Mud – a mixture of earth and water - is economical, practical, functional and attractive. It is easy to work with, and it takes decoration well. Mud is especially useful in humid and hot climates like we have in Pakistan. Mud is a natural material that is found in abundance, especially where other building materials such as bricks, stone or wood are scarce due to affordability and or availability. In Pakistan, use of mud has evolved from local necessity. Which is why the use of extremely sticky mud deposited found along river banks or elsewhere in Pakistan combined with appropriate technology makes an excellent material to build functional and climate friendly buildings.

And second, Straw Architecture says, There are many reasons to use straw as a building material. Close examination of eco-architect Laurie Baker’s straw buildings reveals that “using natural materials and showing them off will lead to a greener building. Such strategies reduce the use of energy-guzzling materials such as cement, steel, aluminum and glass.” Straw engineering is earthquake resistant, consumes less energy and produces lesser emission. Straw (wheat, rice) is locally available in abundance.

Reading these might help you answer some basic questions about sustainable development and affordability in meeting the growing demand of housing and in solving some of energy problems.


Anonymous said...

straw houses? That sounds familiar. Three little pigs and the Wolf, maybe???