Publishing clearinghouse: A look at nonconventional construction materials


Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials: Characterisation, Properties and Applications (second edition)” (2019, Woodhead Publishing) by Kent A. Harries, professor of civil and environmental engineering, and Pitt alumna Bhavna Sharma, assistant professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture

The book’s first edition, published in 2016, took a rigorous, scientific approach to nonconventional building materials and their applications, such as bamboo, clay-based materials, rice husk ash and vegetable fibers. The second edition includes additional materials chapters, case studies and chapters contributed by leading international experts focusing on codes and regulations, professional education, and material informatics and how they apply to nonconventional materials. 


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