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Abstract

This report presents a review on non-engineered buildings, that at present make up a substantial part of the Latin American residential fabric. Within the different self-construction practices, earth-based construction techniques constitute the focal point of the report, as adobe housing units are traditionally prevalent in the region. Special consideration is given to the identification of the factors contributing to the high levels of seismic risk associated to non-engineered buildings as evidenced by the devastating effects following past and more recent earthquakes. The seismic performance of Latin American non-engineered housing units is documented through case studies from field reports of previous seismic events. The current housing and post-disaster reconstruction policies currently in effect in Latin American countries are also presented, as major components that determine the seismic risk associated to self-constructed dwellings. Finally, the report provides a detailed review on a thorough selection of the manuals produced to date that support self- and assisted-construction housing projects of earth-based, concrete masonry and reinforced concrete housing units.

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Authors: PAPANIKOLAOU A, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT);TAUCER F, European Commission, Joint Research Centre, Institute for the Protection and the Security of the Citizen, Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21190 EN (2004), 228 pp. Free of charge
Availability: Available from European Commission, JRC Knowledge Management Unit, Ispra (IT) Tel: +39 033278 9893 Fax: +39 033278 5409 E-mail: jrc-publications-office@ec.europa.eu or Bruxelles (BE) Tel: +32 2 295 76 24 Fax: +32 2 299 63 22
Record Number: 200417653 / Last updated on: 2004-07-19
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en