Dry-masonry brick house system as an “adaptable building” model for sustainable housing

Khamidi, Mohd Faris Dry-masonry brick house system as an “adaptable building” model for sustainable housing. In: Proceedings of International Conference on Sustainable Housing (ICSH2006), 18-19 September 2006, Universiti Sains Malaysia.

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There is high tendency for both professionals and the public to associate the term adaptability in housing and its application with technical advances. These misconceptions about adaptability are derived from the outcome of many definitions and interpretations. When houses are designed and built, their designers and builders incorporate into them the technology of their time of construction. When new advances are introduced, the old technologies become obsolete. The process of constructing and assembling a structure also affects houses’ potential for choice and adaptability. Adapting a structural system that specifically design for the need to assembly and disassembly and also highly promotes “green cycle” that encompasses “reduce-reuse-recycle” is a remedy that may well solve the problems that have been plaguing the construction industry for years. Dry-masonry1 Brick House System (DBHS) that utilises a construction method called “Steel Reinforced Brick construction based on Distribution of Unbonded Prestress theory” (SRB-DUP) can be used as an “adaptable building” model to carry out a sustainable housing strategy in Malaysia. DBHS aims to be a sustainable housing system that will be able to achieve high Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and low Life Cycle Cost (LCC) performance. It is also aimed that with DBHS, a “Green Cycle” can be promoted, waste generation can be minimized and design for post-occupancy adaptability can be encouraged.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:adaptable building; brick; construction and demolition waste; dismantling; reduce; reuse; recycle; sustainable housing
Subjects:T Technology > TH Building construction > TH2025 Details in building design and construction
Divisions:Faculty of Technology Management, Business and Entrepreneurship > Department of Construction and Property Management
ID Code:2613
Deposited By:Normajihan Abd. Rahman
Deposited On:07 Nov 2012 11:31
Last Modified:07 Nov 2012 11:31

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