OUTLINE SPECIFICATIONS FOR PREFABRICATED HOUSES FOR TROPICAL CLIMATE

FOUNDATIONS:

  • The foundations are not subject to special requirements, they are designed to conform to local site conditions, laws and practices. 

SUPERSTRUCTURE:

  • The superstructure is assembled of prefabricated elements, sandwich panels or sections for walls, one sided panels for ceilings.

  • The houses have a ceiling and a naturally ventilated airspace between the roof and the ceiling.

  • The prefabricated elements are made of non-degradable elements.

  • No insulation materials are used in the wall and ceiling elements.

  • The coefficient of heat transfer and heat retention capacity of the wall and ceiling elements are equal or superior to the value of a traditionally constructed house.

  • The walls do not contain cavities or air spaces.

  • No crushed stone need be used

  • Requirements for cooling or heating are minimal, or none, for normal use.

  • The thermal characteristics of the assembled house is favorable for the tropical conditions (cool during the day warm during the night). 

  • The wall thickness is 15 cm.

  • All repairs and in-situ modifications to any element of the house can be made using locally available skills and materials. 

ELECTRICITY:
  • The electric installations must comply with the local standards and regulations.

  • All elements are incorporated into the structure; no surface wiring or boxes are used.

PLUMBING:
  • All inside and outside piping are incorporated into the structure or are underground.
  • All houses must have an individual sewage treatment facility if no central sewage system exist in the locality
ROOF STRUCTURE:
  • The roof structure is made of wood, or metal.
  • The airspace under the roof is naturally cross-ventilated.
  • The roof covering may be of any traditional or special material available.

 

 






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