Are you planning on building your new home? The task can be a daunting horror for many, especially so if you are to walk in blind without a proper understanding of what you need. So let us walk you through the permits you need to secure for residential construction and what else to look out for when you are planning to construct your dream home.
More than half a million years ago, humans started building tools and shelter out of animal bones, antler, stone and wood. If we are to find out the history of wooden houses it will take us back to the stone age for sure. During 9000 to 5000 BC, the largest structures in the world were the Neolithic longhouses, a long and narrow timber structure housing 20 to 30 people. Such dwelling was built by first farmers in Europe, Central Europe to be exact in connection with the early Neolithic cultures such as the Linear Pottery culture or Cucuteni culture.
Fine and coarse aggregate are fundamental requirements for construction. Sand is the superior choice of fine aggregate for the preparation of mortar and concrete and it also plays a vital role in the mix design. In developing countries such as India, there’s a greater demand for sand because of the rapid growth of infrastructure. The grading and maximum size of aggregates are critical parameters in any concrete mix as they affect the relative proportions in mix, workability, economy, porosity, and depreciation of concrete.
The severe earthquake that struck Nepal on April 25, 2015, claimed almost 9,000 lives, many thousands more were injured, and 600,000 structures in Kathmandu and other nearby towns were either damaged or destroyed. The staggering figure of structural damages forces us to believe that it is not the earthquake that kills but poorly built buildings.
The Supreme Court order of demolition of five buildings in Marad, Kerala has come as hot news in media with the people applauding the order as well as a few condemning them. This has not been the first instance of demolition of buildings for illegal construction in coastal lines against the CRZ regulations. Rainbow restaurant, in the banks of Periyar, Aluva also met a similar fate of demolition for illegal construction on CRZ regulations in 2014. Why were these construct to be taken down and what does the coastal regulation zone mean. It has been a question that plagues us.
Wooden structures are lightweight, energy efficient, versatile and sustainable solutions. In Earthquake prone areas wooden structures have the advantage that the wooden framed building won’t break off easily. They are flexible, economical and more versatile compared to concrete structures. Availability of cheap wood, flexibility, and aesthetics were the major factors that induced people towards wooden structures.But the case is different for cyclone-prone coastal areas. Although the vulnerability of a structure to a cyclone is circumscribed by its siting, the possibility that a cyclone will occur, and the extent to which its edifices can be damaged by it, concrete structures are always preferred than wooden ones. Concrete buildings, although ordinarily more expensive than wood frame structures, are totally worth it in the long term.
Over the past few months, a slew of fire accidents has occurred In India damaging human lives, properties and goods. In a tragic incident, 20 students died after a fire broke out in a private coaching center in Surat, Gujarat last month. Eyewitness recall that in a bid to escape the blaze, students were seen jumping and falling from the third and fourth floors of the building. This accident is just one of the countless fire tragedies in the country.
Engineers build leaving a wide berth of safe loading capacity to construct, let’s get a brief view on how the same is for steel reinforcement bars. We have talked enormously on safety codes listed in IS 1786:2008, in the manufacture of reinforcement bars. Now, let’s discuss how safe loads are calculated in a construction material like reinforcement bars. The min. yield strength a reinforcement bar should have is easily inferred from the grade of the reinforcement purchased. Grade Fe 415 having a min. yield strength of 415 N/mm2, similarly for grade Fe 500 having min. yield strength of 500 N/mm2 and Fe 550 with min. yield strength of 550 N/mm2, so goes for every steel reinforcement grade.
We have been talking about the pros and cons of steel and concrete as a construction material. Let’s get a better understanding on why they work better together. Anyone reading about construction materials would have come across the saying – Concrete is good against compression, but weak in tension whereas steel bars are good in tension, but weak in compression. What a few had inferred from the statement is that, steel is naturally weak in the face of compressive forces, which is not the case. Steel is good in both compression and tension. Steel bars or steel reinforcement bars are weak in the face of compressive force due to their dimensional property. Steel reinforcement bars have an insignificant cross sectional area when compared to the length of the steel bars, and thus the ability to withstand compressive forces are naturally less.
The construction of a commercial or residential building cannot be imagined without the use of concrete and steel. These two components are the most essential composite in the construction field. The reasons why they are preferred is their advantages in terms of strength and withstanding the loads. However, what if a comparison was made between concrete and steel. To see which one tops the other in terms of certain parameters.
So, which material surpasses the other in the field of construction – concrete or steel?. We know that both are important for constructing a structure but let us find out what these two materials are capable of.