A technique based on the use of cement mortar combined with readily available non-structural elements for the production of prefabricated walls and slabs is proposed. The objective is to rationalise the construction of houses made by traditional methods based on simple prefabrication, with a high manual labour requirement. The technique seeks to establish an adequate solution for housing low-income groups from the city of Maracaibo, using materials currently existing in the market and well-known construction methods, aiming at a decrease in waste and the simplification of forms, as well as simplification of production and assembly processes. A proposal is also made for the production of elements for non-specialised personnel, with simple tools and equipment, suitable for self-construction on a community scale or at a workshop, with weights and sizes which do not require special equipment. A first approach to the technique itself, recommendations for the adequate execution of a system developed with such a technique, relevant directions for appropriate production and assembly, as well as a proposal of experimentation for future research once the technique is validated, was obtained. Abstract only.
Primary author(s): Diaz Alvarado A C
Source: 12th IB2MaC. Twelfth Int.Brick/Block Masonry Conf. Proc.
Madrid,25-28 June 2000,p.513