Another new design hot from the Press DC
though it being widely used in the west as filler material...
BE grads make home for tribals with used bottles
Skyrocketing real estate prices and escalating construction costs could be a dampener for any builder. But not for the two young civil engineers who have constructed a house made of used plastic bottles for tribals at Gudalur in Nilgiris district.
Manwel village, in Gudalur, is the first to get a tribal house made of 4,000 mineral water bottles.
And the Kattunayakars and Panniyars there hope to get many more.
Mohammed Sahad and S. Manikandan, who passed out of Sathyabama College of Engineering in Chennai, had attempted this as their final-year project and it has turned out to be a success. So much so that a couple of multinational companies have come forward to take this as part of their corporate social responsibility and give more tribals a roof over their head.
“Nearly 80 tonnes of plastic bottles are wasted in Chennai without being recycled. And we used a small quantity of these to provide a roof to these underprivileged with the help of funds from NGO Noble Mission and Vision of India.
The first house, which used 4,000 bottles stuffed with sand and the usual concrete mixture to bind, cost us Rs 45,000. The 20X20 type, which is a 1 BHK, cost Rs 75,000 and uses nearly 7,500 bottles,’’ said Sahad.
Rice husk, cowdung and sand are used for plastering these houses as they have been doing traditionally since time immemorial.
This natural mixture of plastering helps keep the inside of the house warm in a hilly terrain, he explained. The structure will be able to withstand torrential rains and dampness, they assured.
Stating that at least 50 families have approached them for similar houses, the engineers are planning to provide such shelters to tribes in Thenkuzhi and Odakuzhi.http://www.deccanchronicle.com/node/165524
There is also an amazing article using straw bales plastered with natural mud provide you has access to cheap straw..
/ compressed mud which is withstood the test of times and amazing we have structures built 1000's of year b4 still standing.
BTW- Compressed MUD is the altime best privide u have cheap labor..
Will be posting the above two cheap building techniques soon.