Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials

Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials

Characterisation, Properties and Applications

2nd Edition - November 18, 2019

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  • Editors: Kent Harries, Bhavna Sharma
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081027042
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081027059

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Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials: Characterisation, Properties and Applications, Second Edition covers the topic by taking into account sustainability, the conservation movement, and current interests in cultural identity and its preservation. This updated edition presents case studies, information on relevant codes and regulations, and how they apply (or do not apply) to nocmats. Leading international experts contribute chapters on current applications and the engineering of these construction materials. Sections review vernacular construction, provide future directions for nonconventional and vernacular materials research, focus on natural fibers, and cover the use of industrial byproducts and natural ashes in cement mortar and concrete.

Key Features

  • Takes a scientifically rigorous approach to vernacular and non-conventional building materials and their applications
  • Includes a series of case studies and new material on codes and regulations, thus providing an invaluable compendium of practical knowhow
  • Presents the wider context of materials science and its applications in the sustainability agenda


Architects, structural and civil engineers, and materials scientists working in the field of nonconventional construction materials

Table of Contents

  • Part 1: Nonconventional and Vernacular Materials
    1. What we learn from vernacular construction
    2. Introduction to nonconventional materials and an historic retrospective of the field
    3. Future directions for nonconventional and vernacular material research and applications
    4. Characterization of vegetable fibers and their application in cementitious composites

    Part 2: Natural Fibres
    5. Natural fibre-reinforced noncementitious composites (biocomposites)
    6. Straw bale construction

    Part 3: Concrete and Mortar
    7. Utilization of industrial by-products and natural ashes in mortar and concrete: development of sustainable construction materials
    8. Dry-stack and compressed stabilised earth-block construction
    9. Unfired clay materials and construction
    10. Earthen materials and constructions
    11. Ancient stone masonry constructions

    Part 4: Timber, Bamboo and Paper
    12. Nonconventional timber construction
    13. Bamboo material characterization
    14. Bamboo design and construction
    15. Engineered Bamboo
    16. An Engineered bamboo for structural applications
    17. Paperboard tubes in structural and construction engineering

Product details

  • No. of pages: 716
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Woodhead Publishing 2019
  • Published: November 18, 2019
  • Imprint: Woodhead Publishing
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780081027042
  • eBook ISBN: 9780081027059

About the Editors

Kent Harries

Kent Harries
Kent Harries is an Associate Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics at the University of Pittsburgh, USA. His research focuses on fibre-reinforced polymer (FRP) materials and – over the last five years – full-culm bamboo and the characterization of bamboo materials. He the author of over 220 peer-reviewed technical articles, and is Editor of the Journal of Construction and Building Materials and FRP International. He is an Associate Editor of the ASCE Journal of Bridge Engineering.

Affiliations and Expertise

Associate Professor of Structural Engineering and Mechanics, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Pittsburgh, PA, USA

Bhavna Sharma

Bhavna Sharma is a Senior Research Associate in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK. Her research focuses on the use of natural fibre-reinforced composites and the properties of full-culm and engineered bamboo as an alternative construction material.

Affiliations and Expertise

Senior Research Associate, Department of Architecture, University of Cambridge, UK

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