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Housing Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak Campus School of Engineering and Science HES 1115: SUSTAINABLE DESIGN Semester 1, 2011 Assignment 1: EWB Challenge (Re-Design of Mud Thatch House) NAME STUDENT ID Andrew Jonathan Cyril 4237714 Christina Ng 4235584 Clement Song 4239008 Edna David 4235878 Submission Date: 24 th October 2011 Tutorial Group: Monday Lecturer’s Name: Dr.Ngu Lock Hei
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Housing CONTENTS PAGE Executive Summary 1 Introduction -Background Information -Current Design of Mud-Thatch House -Problems 2 Selection of Materials 5 Mud-thatch House Design and Cost 9 Social, Environment and Economic Impacts 20 Conclusion 22 References 23 Appendices 25
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Housing EXECUTIVE SUMMARY The project aims to re-design the existing mud-thatch houses in a rural village called Devikulam in southern India. For this task, there are a few factors which need to be considered when designing the houses. The villagers of Devikulam commented that they prefer staying in mud- thatch house rather than concrete house as it is cooler to live in. This is because concrete houses are so hot during the summer that they have to sleep outside at the night time. They also complained about the quality of the current mud houses. They would prefer a better house which could provide them more protection from the rain during the raining system. Most of the villagers worked as the farmers and are poor. They could not afford to buy a better house and build their mud houses on their own without following the standards for the constructions. This might risk their live when living inside. The first thing we do is to study the problems faced by the current houses. We take into consideration on the affordability of the local community as well as sustainability of our design outcome. This has been done with emphasis on optimisation of locally available building materials, which could help bring down the cost of construction and transportation, as well as make rural house more durable and liveable. Considering the scarcity and high cost of conventional building materials such as brick, cement and steel, one way to solve the country’s severe housing shortage is to switch to mud. We tried as many ways as possible to make the house cheap in construction, maintenance and long-lasting. We still used the same materials we as the current house, but with stronger and better reinforced quality. The report also shows the improved design of the mud houses after a thorough research with the team members and the impacts of social, economic and environment from this project. From this project, we have gain a valuable approach into the profession of engineering. This project has given us a better understanding of the in-depth nature of designing and the vast considerations that we as engineers need to take into account. In addition, it also allowed us to understand that, our role as engineers is to help the people in need.
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Housing INTRODUCTION Background Information Devikulam is positioned in one of the most under developed districts in the state of Tamil Nadu in South of India. It is a small village which consist a population of approximately 358. The
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