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Posted by  Peter Bacot on February 18, 1999 at 10:40:51:

In Reply to:  STABILISED SOIL/MUD BRICK STRUCTURES posted by CHARLES BOYLE on February 18, 1999 at 03:23:09:

There is an architect of arabic origin who has worked with firing clay houses from the inside, Creating a reinforcing surface.

He works in So. Calif. has a demonstration site in the desert. Sorry, I don't know his name, but he's been around a long time. He was featured in Fine Home Building and may have a book. You should also look at the modern southwest adobe builders. Plenty of sources.

BTW Bamboo has been researched as a reinforcement for concrete. I don't know how they control the rot, but there are studies I've seen on it a long time ago by people doing the same type of research as yourself. See "Appropiate Technology"

Are you sure the Solomons have soil for this sort of thing? Many islands do not.

Do the Solomons experience cold weather? Woven bamboo on timber is pretty effective in warm clients. Then seismic is less a problem. Bamboo has been developed to high art in Asia. But if doesn't exist already, I wouldn't want to plant most varieties for fear of environmental problems.Good luck.


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