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Sholanke, Anthony Babatunde and Fagbenle, Olabosipo I. and Aderonmu, P. A and Ajagbe, Akintunde M. (2015) SANDCRETE BLOCK AND BRICK PRODUCTION IN NIGERIA - PROSPECTS AND CHALLENGES. IIARD International Journal of Environmental Research, 1 (4).

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Sandcrete blocks comprise of natural sand, water and binder. Cement, as a binder, is the most expensive input in to the production of sandcrete blocks. This has necessitated producers of sandcrete blocks to produce blocks with low OPC content that will be affordable to people and with much gain. The poverty level amongst West African Countries and particularly Nigerian has made these blocks widely acceptable among the populace so as to minimize the cost of construction works. Despite the cost benefit of sandcrete cost, the improper use of these blocks leads to microcracks on the walls after construction and this result to incessant collapse of buildings which has turned out to be a worrisome problem facing the construction industry in Nigeria. The main aim of this research is to evaluate how sandcrete blocks and bricks are produced for use in Nigeria, the laws and regulations guiding their production and the prospects and challenges facing the block production industry in Nigeria. A case study survey of about 15 block production factories was conducted to find out how block manufacturers produce sandcrete blocks and bricks for use in Nigeria. Three types of investigations, namely field survey (participant observation), literature review and interviews were carried out. This study found several factors are responsible for the collapse of buildings one of which is the use of poor quality of building materials such as blocks and bricks. It is therefore important to ensure that the production of this major masonry unit is not only standardized but regulated and adequately monitored to ensure quality

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Sandcrete Blocks, Brick Molding, Block Molding, Construction Entrepreneurs, Nigeria.
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 09 Oct 2015 15:44
Last Modified: 09 Oct 2015 15:44

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