A Proposal for a Comprehensive Approach to Safer Non-engineered Houses

Narafu T., Ishiyama Y., Okazaki K., Ando S., Imai H., Pribadi K. S. , ...Daha Fazla

JOURNAL OF ASIAN ARCHITECTURE AND BUILDING ENGINEERING, cilt.9, sa.2, ss.315-322, 2010 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 9 Konu: 2
  • Basım Tarihi: 2010
  • Doi Numarası: 10.3130/jaabe.9.315
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.315-322


Reducing earthquake disasters in non-engineered houses is an acute issue because they are a main cause of human casualties worldwide. Since non-engineered houses differ from engineered houses in many respects, the authors conducted a comparative study and clarified the characteristics of the former. Based on this study, they found that reducing disasters in non-engineered houses would require appropriate seismic technologies to be adopted by communities and effective channels to disseminate technical knowledge. Further, a comprehensive approach covering a wider field of activity and effort was found to be necessary as users/dwellers of non-engineered houses are low/middle-income people and a professional housing supply sector usually does not exist for such houses. This paper reports on the characteristics of non-engineered houses, indicates the items to be tackled in reducing earthquake disasters in such dwellings, and proposes an approach to safer non-engineered houses consisting of key issues and a comprehensive approach.