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close this bookJournal of the Network of African Countries on Local Building Materials and Technologies - Volume 1, Number 4 (HABITAT, 1991, 48 p.)
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View the documentHousing in Africa, problems, prospects and strategies*
View the documentKenya: Towards the development of a national code of practice for structural masonry - the Kenyan approach*
View the documentNigeria: Research and development in the promotion of standards and specifications for stabilized soil blocks*
View the documentEthiopia: Light-weight concrete made with Ethiopian pumice*
View the documentMauritius: Use of calcarenite blocks in housing construction in Rodrigues*
View the documentGhana: Optimum firing temperature for some clay bricks*
View the documentEthiopia: Construction of mud houses - an alternative to the traditional methods of house construction*
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Publications review

Published by UNCHS (Habitat)

The Economic and Technical Viability of Various Scales of Building-materials Production

Whereas previous UNCHS (Habitat) publications on small-scale building materials have been addressed to policy-makers, this report is targeted to high-level technical personnel and professionals who deal with economic and technical decisions concerning the promotion of the local building-materials sector in developing countries. Ultimately, sound decisions have to be made about what type of building materials to promote and what level of technologies to invest in, given the fact that there are several alternatives competing for limited resources. The very manner in which this report is set out should help in arriving at solid technical decisions. An annex is included which provides summaries of some country case studies.

44 pp., HS/180/89E: ISBN 92-1-131103-9

Energy Efficiency in Housing Construction and Domestic Use in Developing Countries

Sustainable development requires that attention be paid, among other things, to the promotion of energy-efficient construction and building-materials production technologies and of economic energy use in households. UNCHS (Habitat), in its continuing efforts aimed at promoting the meeting of basic needs, has prepared this report which addresses: (a) the use of energy-efficient building-construction processes; (b) the production of low-energy intensive materials; (c) the conservation of materials, through use and recycling of recovered items; (d) the lowering of transport costs of such materials; (e) the promotion of efficient construction practices; and (f) increased efficiency in domestic energy use. It is hoped that the publication will be useful to policy-makers, town planners, architects, engineers, manufacturers, builders and users in the housing sector.

45 pp., HS/218/91E: ISBN 92-1-131138-1

Use of New and Renewable Energy Sources with Emphasis on Shelter Requirements

Energy has long been recognized as essential in meeting basic human needs, in stimulating and supporting economic growth and in enhancing the quality of life in human settlements. This publication, after giving an overview of energy-use patterns and energy requirements in human settlements in developing countries and of the various commercial energy sources and their use-limitations in developing countries, discusses technical options for energy applications in the domestic and transport sectors. Although some technologies might not affect developing countries in the short or medium term, they, nevertheless, represent important options for these countries in long-term energy development. It is hoped that this publication will prove useful to policy-makers and energy experts responsible for defining energy strategies in developing countries.

55 pp., HS/183/89E: ISBN-92-1-131106-3

Report of the International Workshop on Building-maintenance Strategy, Sofia, Bulgaria, June 1991

UNCHS (Habitat) has noted with concern the urgent necessity of improving building-maintenance efforts in developing countries in order that the rapid deterioration faced by vast building assets can be arrested through concerted efforts at both the national and international levels. The international workshop reported here followed three national workshops held in the theme of building maintenance in Singapore (September 1990), Nairobi, Kenya (March 1991), and Bombay, India (April 1991). These workshops provided opportunities for developing countries to exchange national experiences, the successful elements of which can be replicated elsewhere.

22 pp., HS/242/91E: ISBN 92-1-131166-7

Report of the Second Consultation on the Wood and Wood Products Industry, Vienna, Austria, January 1991

The report of the Second Consultation on the Wood and Wood Products Industry includes proceedings, conclusions and recommendations on the issues dealt with during the consultation, namely:

· Issue No. 1: Measures to strengthen an environmentally sound and sustainable supply of timber resources.

· Issue No. 2: Greater utilization, on a sustainable basis, of wood, including commercially less-accepted species and plantation species, as a source of indigenous building materials in housing and construction.

· Issue No. 3: Prerequisites for the integrated development of the secondary wood-processing industry.

39 pp., UNIDO publication, ID/374 (ID/WG.506/6), 25 February 1991