University Links: Home Page | Site Map
Covenant University Repository

Towards Sustainable Timber Housing Development In Nigeria

Durodola, O. D. Towards Sustainable Timber Housing Development In Nigeria. The Built Environment. pp. 52-60.

[img] PDF
Download (10MB)


Currently, there is about 1 Q million housing shortfall in Nigeria going by the United Nation Standard for housing provision and the level of local ho?JSing delivery. One of the viable solutions as prescribed by United Nation Industrial Development .0/ganization (UNIDO) is the exploitation of locally available ,, . building materials. Timber housing is thus ·em option but its percentage within the housing stock is . negligible. The prime objective of this research ther(jore is to investigate the low response to timber buildings cts a veritable alternative to other types of buildings in Nigeria. The purpose is to be able to identify the ways and means of popularizing iimb?r buildings to increase its percentage within the housing stock and thus provide more houses for the needy within their available resources. In order to achieve the objective, e pilot survey was conducted with. some· timber industly stakeholders (Foresters, timber merchants Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Local Gov[Jrnment Authorities etc.) after, tiihich a tctal of 142 questionnc. :res were administered among the stakeholders. Moreover, prqfotype !ow-cost houses designed by Oyo ~t. ·te Development and Propertj; Corporation (which typically are made of block walling) were . cos ted and compared rvith the cost oft he aiter_nath:e, being proposed (timber housing). The results showed that timber ·buildings could be viablealternapves'tp other types of buildings currently in use in Nigeria · because of the availability of the nwteriC;L:rJndJhf!:'sdess bearing capacity of timber. However, high cost, .depleting stock of hardwood,· absence ofb};!a:~:vs/supporting timber housing construction and serviceability problems associated with current dmb~; ~1/ilcling§ were identified as impediments to acceptability. The study concluded that despit~ the gJ:eat_poie]{tfbl }i(~ber buildings poss~s, its mass introduc~ion into the housing stock faces several hindrmices;: wlzic/1 : must be addressed. RecommendatiOJ1S such as public education. development of building codes ~'efPJlating timber buildings and the compulsory adoption of timber buildings in public housing were also put forward.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: -Sustainability,framework, timber housing, materials and byelaws
Subjects: T Technology > TH Building construction
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
Depositing User: Mrs Hannah Akinwumi
Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2016 10:09
Last Modified: 08 Mar 2016 10:09

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item