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Title: An investigation on the potential of mud as sustainable building material in the context of Kerala

 

Authors: M.S. Lekshmi; Subha Vishnudas; Deepa G. Nair

 

Addresses:
Faculty in Civil Engineering, Division of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, CUSAT, Kochi – 682 022, Kerala, India
Faculty in Civil Engineering, Division of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, CUSAT, Kochi – 682 022, Kerala, India
Faculty in Civil Engineering, Division of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, CUSAT, Kochi – 682 022, Kerala, India

 

Abstract: A house is made of building blocks but a home is made of hearts. In today's busy world, everybody is striving hard to make both ends meet in having a suitable and sustainable shelter for a healthy living. In the past few decades, cement and concrete have conquered the construction industry to such an extent that common man has forgotten to think of any alternative natural building material. On one side world is facing serious issues regarding carbon emissions, health issues generated from improper waste disposal while on the other side it is giving way to marvellous sky scrapers made of non-eco-friendly materials. Kerala has been always mentioned as God's own country for years, but the same credit can be truly achieved only if Keralites also practise building construction based on natural materials like mud that are sustainable to our environment. This paper is an attempt to investigate the potential of mud as a sustainable material in the context of Kerala.

 

Keywords: mud construction; mud stabilisation; fibre reinforced mud; rammed earth technique; interlocking mud blocks; Kerala; sustainable building materials; India; sustainability; construction industry; natural materials; sustainable development.

 

DOI: 10.1504/IJETP.2017.10000612

 

Int. J. of Energy Technology and Policy, 2017 Vol.13, No.1/2, pp.107 - 122

 

Available online: 13 Oct 2016

 

 

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