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close this bookThe Basic of Biomass Roofing (GTZ - ITDG - SKAT - CRATerre-EAG, 1997, 36 p.)
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View the documentIntroduction
View the documentGrass thatch
View the documentPalm thatch
View the documentWood tiles (shingles and shakes)
View the documentRoof sheets with organic fibres
View the documentTreatment of biomass materials: preservation
View the documentFire protection
View the documentSources of further information
View the documentKey questions
View the documentRecommendations
View the documentBASIN
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This book offers basic information about roof covering using plants, or biomass material.

The book focuses particularly on thatch and wood tiles, but also covers industrially-produced roofing material that includes a significant proportion of biomass material.


Nicolas Hall
Intermediate Technology Development Group

Additional Research:

Sumita Sinha

Editing Committee:

Karl Wehrle, SKAT
Heini M AproCon
Daniel Schwitter, SKAT


Matthew Whitton

First edition:

1997 by SKAT


Swiss Centre for Development Cooperation in Technology and Management (SKAT)
CH-9000 St. Gallen, Switzerland


Intermediate Technology Publications (it),
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