A Case Study on Technical and Social Aspects of Earth Houses in Rural India

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Abstract

With rapid industrialisation and the increase in popularity of concrete and brick constructions, a decline in earth houses has been observed especially in the rural areas of India. A survey was carried out in five regions of India to understand the technical and social factors favouring/limiting the construction and everyday use of earth houses. As an outcome of the survey, a low societal image of earth houses and durability issues, such as termite infestation and poor resistance to rain water, were the main reasons behind the choice of low-income households in favour of modern building materials over earth construction.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEarthen Dwellings and Structures
Subtitle of host publicationCurrent Status in their Adoption
PublisherSpringer
Chapter10
Pages105-115
Number of pages11
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019
EventISES 2018: International Symposium on Earthen Structures 2018, August, Bangalore, India - Bangalore, India
Duration: 22 Aug 201824 Aug 2018

Publication series

NameSpringer Transactions in Civil and Environmental Engineering
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2363-7633
ISSN (Electronic)2363-7641

Conference

ConferenceISES 2018: International Symposium on Earthen Structures 2018, August, Bangalore, India
Abbreviated titleISES 2018
Country/TerritoryIndia
CityBangalore
Period22/08/1824/08/18

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Keywords

  • Earth house
  • Social aspiration
  • Technical issues
  • Affordable housing

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