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Enhancing Sustainable Housing Development in Nigeria Using Compressed Stabilized Laterite Bricks

Alagbe, O. A. (2011) Enhancing Sustainable Housing Development in Nigeria Using Compressed Stabilized Laterite Bricks. Journal of Sustainable Development and Environmental Protection, 1 (3). pp. 51-59. ISSN 2251-0605

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Abstract

Sustaining housing development especially to the low-income group of the society has become a huge challenge in developing countries. Thus, acquisition of indigenous building materials has been suggested as a way out. The paper evaluated the prospects and challenges of Compressed Stabilized Laterite Bricks (CSLBs) as a building material for sustainable housing construction. Field survey was carried out in four local governments namely; Ogbomoso North, Ibadan Southwest, (in Oyo State) Ado-Odo Ota, (Ogun State) and Agege Local Govenment in Lagos State, Nigeria. Purposive sampling method was adopted which involved the administration of 600 structured questionnaires on randomly selected household heads out of which 551 responded. Data obtained were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The result showed that there is apathy towards acceptability and use of CSLBs for housing construction. It was found out that lack of knowledge about its physical and socio-economic properties and its non-availability in the market was a major determinant of the apathy. The paper concluded that to ensure sustainable housing development via CSLBs, there must be continuous sensitization of the populace by stakeholders through construction of model houses with CSLBs. The paper recommends more funding of researches on fabrication and production of the CSLBs making machines so as to make the product readily available and accessible by the populace. Keywords: Acceptability, Compressed Stabilized Laterite Bricks, Housing, Housing construction.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Acceptability, Compressed Stabilized Laterite Bricks, Housing, Housing construction, Nigeria
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Dr O. A. Alagbe
Date Deposited: 06 May 2014 14:50
Last Modified: 06 May 2014 14:50
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/2528

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