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This web log is a news and views blog. The primary aim is to provide an avenue for the expression and collection of ideas on sustainable, fair, and just, grassroot level development. Some of the topics that the blog will specifically address are: poverty reduction, rural development, educational issues, social empowerment, post-Tsunami relief and reconstruction, livelihood development, environmental conservation and bio-diversity. 

Tuesday, January 31, 2006

ICC introduces novel concrete system, low cost housing

Daily News: 24/01/2006" by Shirajiv Sirimane

The International Construction Consortium Ltd (ICC) has designed a novel concrete system, which allows to reduce time of a construction by almost half.

The SBS pre-stressed concrete floor system also helps to save over 30 percent the concrete slab installation charges. "The system is easy and does not require skilled labourers for installation," Senior Project Manager ICC, Palitha Ranasinghe said.

The industry faces a problem when building several storied buildings as the masons cannot construct an upper floor until the concrete slab laid gets hardened. This takes around 20 to 30 days and stilts too are needed which makes work on the lower floors impossible.

To overcome this problem, ICC has designed the SBS system which is now very popular. "No frame work is necessary for the slab and the soffit blocks once in place offers an immediate working platform for further construction," he said. Rapid method of construction due to the use of precast elements and the non-use of frame work is a great advantage under this system.

"We have designed single beam for housing, double beam for shops and offices and a special construction beam for warehousing," he said. The system does not depend on prior knowledge of site construction.

In addition, ICC has also introduced a special housing unit,(KIT), designed and precasted by them and comes down in knock down form. "This can be easily assembled by four workers in four days," he said.

The lay-out of this KIT house can be designed and constructed according to the needs of the end user. The owners can decide the material for wall cladding and finishing and the ICC would also supply an instruction manual and a tool kit. "This is a low cost housing solution," he said

ICC also had a stall at the recently concluded Maldives Hotel and Trade Fair in Male and it was very successful. "This system is ideal for a country like the Maldives as it saves time, labour and also does not delay the construction," he said.ICC is also into road construction, water supply and drainage and supplies ready mix concrete. Located in Dehiwela they could be contacted on e-mail iccsrlan@slt.lk

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