Put Your House In Order

Weighed in the Balance

Dear Readers:

From my experience in working among people in post-hazard environments, I can conclude that a stable house is the most prized possession. I have witnessed the grateful expressions of relief among those whose houses survived the tragic events.  The contrasting near hopeless expressions of misery among those whose houses were destroyed were almost unbearable.

It was after my first deployment to Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, that I finally understood that the primary purpose of an elected Government is to protect, as much as possible, the residents from foreseeable harm. It is for this reason why it is absolutely essential for each Government in the hazard prone Caribbean region to regulate the residential construction building industry in their country.

The Government of Barbados took the first step in trying to protect the public from certain post-hazard misery by publishing the Barbados National Building Code in 1993 [The Fire…

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4 Comments on “Put Your House In Order”

  1. Liam Massy July 20, 2015 at 12:07 PM #

    Agreed and will always agree with forward thinking ideologies. Something that so often lacks from this site.

    Awaiting the next article which speaks on improving our landfill.


  2. David July 20, 2015 at 1:05 PM #

    @Liam Massy

    What suggestions do you have or what can you do to add value to the site?


  3. Colonel Buggy July 26, 2015 at 10:43 PM #

    For the last umpteen years I’ve observed the following method in many a home construction.
    The foundation walls come up from the ground.
    The space within is filled with marl and compacted.
    A plastic sheet is laid across the compacted area.
    BRC mesh is placed on top of the plastic sheet covering the same compacted area.
    Concrete is poured or placed above the compacted area to form the flooring.
    Blocks to form the internal and external walls are then put in place on top of the flooring.
    My question is ; Does the plastic sheeting, used for damp proofing not form a membrane which virtually separates the concrete flooring from the compacted marl foundation, like the meat in a hamburger?


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