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Construction reference manual, a sourcebook for the use of local materials in construction.

WRITTEN BY: DONALD BATCHELDER, ROBER CAIOLOA, STANTON DAVENPORT.

PUBLISHED BY: THE KITEREDDE CONSTRUCTION INSITUTUTE, UGANDA, AND THE EXPERIMENT IN INTERNATIONAL LIVING, USA, 1985.

AVAILABLE FROM: ROBERT CAIOLA, PROJECTS AND GRANTS DIVISION, THE EXPERIMENT IN INTERNATIONAL LIVING, KIPLING ROAD, BRATTLEBORO, VT. 05301, USA.

LANGUAGE: ENGLISH

COST: $US 8 PLUS $ 2 FOR MAILING

NUMBER OF PAGES: 115

In 1979, the Experiment in International Living and the Kiteredde Construction Institute, Uganda, planned a vocational training centre, specifically designed to train young men in construction skills using locally available materials. The programme focused on practical skills development, learning by doing and the preparation of trainees for jobs in the construction industry and in public works departments.

The training programme drew heavily on many years' knowledge of using local materials to make mortar, paints and plasters in the absence of manufactured and imported materials, of using efficient kilns and appropriate firing techniques, and of adapting masonry and carpentry to tropical building design. The reference manual was compiled as a direct result of the experience gained in the training programme in Uganda since 1980.

The purpose of the manual is to provide a basic understanding of the ways in which durable buildings can be constructed with local materials in the total or near-iota' absence of manufactured materials. It differs, therefore, from most technical manuals which assume a certain level of availability of manufactured materials. Is describes the use of local materials in low-cost, durable construction and self help housing. It is very readable and contains precise instructions and specifications which address every step in constructing a house or other building - brickmaking, selecting wood, pouring the foundation, bricklaying, roofing and installing windows and doors. A section is devoted to building materials and techniques, planning, management and basic mathematics and calculations for construction.