Alternative Building Technologies for Rural Housing Phase I

The construction scene in rural areas is characterised by the obsolescence of many traditional building technologies, which use mud, stone, thatch, bamboo, etc. These techniques are being replaced by a set of alternatives using burnt bricks, Mangalore tiles and mill-sawn timber. While such alternatives may satisfy some of the long felt needs of the community, they tend to aggravate the depletion of rural resources. Hence there is a need for new alternatives, which besides meeting the felt needs, will lead to self-eliant, low-cost, employment-generating and, energy-conserving building practices in villages. In other words, what is needed is a range of appropriate building technologies which can trigger and hasten the process of development, reaching out to the needs of the poorest.