Ferrocement Service Modules for Housing

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Title: Ferrocement Service Modules for Housing

Author(s): A. G. Madhava Rao, D. S. Ramchandra Murthy, R. Jayaraman, and G. Paul Joseph

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 61

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 133-142

Keywords: concrete construction; construction costs; deflection; ferrocement; houses; industrialized buildings; precast concrete; prefabrication; residential buildings; slabs; urban development; welded wire fabric.

Date: 8/1/1979

Abstract:
Application of ferrocement in housing is presented here using local unskilled supervised labor and available materials in parts of India. The report is based on the large housing project partially supported by World Bank. In the design of Service Modules, two alternate schemes are proposed: one, using conventional brick walls and in-site or precast concrete roofing and the second, with a prefabricated service modules using ferrocement. Cost comparison between the two approaches is also given along with details of investigation using second alternative.