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More research needed to reduce the level of dampness felt in some constructed buildings
Vishnu Mohan | 25 Apr 2014

Architectural concepts of heritage buildings offers plenty of scope for builders as a whole (building community) to take lessons for coming out with improved versions of their final output that is buildings for both residential and commercial purposes. It is good to read that School of Planning and Architecture (SPA) in Central Delhi has initiated close interactions with the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) and the National Monuments Authority (NMA) on conservation and preservation projects being undertaken by these agencies.


  Students would now be able to better understand the techniques used in building ancient and medieval-era monuments. According to a spokesperson of SPA, “We want our students to get more experience when undertaking construction work around heritage structures.  These structures have a lot to teach us in terms of climatology and culture.  Modern architects need to be more conscious of these aspects rather than erecting concrete and glass buildings that one sees all around..”

According to a Indian Express report, dampness in many houses does cause health issues and it is a fact that with the present technology used, many houses and buildings at times give a feel as if they are damp condition. With the help of techniques used in ancient and medieval-era, if there is an improvement in dampness related issues, this would prove to be a big boon for the common man.  For example, several heritage structures used crushed brick and limestone as building materials.  One of the most important properties of limestone that it absorbs water during rains and releases moisture as the sun comes out.  That ensures there is no seepage in the buildings.  Today, cement is being extensively used which absorbs moisture but does not release it. 

  Encouragement should be given to civil engineering research students to come out better techniques for reducing the impact of moisture and dampness in constructed buildings including residential houses.  Taking a cue from the above, it looks like more appropriate usage of limestone in construction activities may solve the problem of dampness!!!

 

Hoping the concerned people take note of the above for doing everything to better the quality of construction in the future by eliminating or reducing the level of dampness felt in many constructed buildings.