The Structural Engineer > Archive > Volume 2 (1924) > Issues > Issue 7 > Concrete Block Construction
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Concrete Block Construction

NUMEROUS systems of concrete block construction have been invented during the last 20 years, some of the earlier ones being, unfortunately, radically unsound, and, as a consequence, thousands of concrete houses have been erected in this country and on the Continent which are unfit for habitation, and the word " concrete " in connection with dwelling houses has got such a bad name that it will take a long lime to overcome the existing prejudice. But now that the subject is understood, and the reasons for the faults of the earlier systems are recognised, it is possible, and, indeed, easy, to make concrete houses every bit as dry and warm as the best brick houses, and there is no excuse for a concrete house being in the least degree damp or cold. The usual trouble was that condensation took place on the inner surface of the walls, due to the difference of temperature inside and outside the house, and due to the inner skin of the walls being made of ordinary concrete, and not of a more or less non-conducting material, such as " breeze " concrete. Colonel H. Vaughan Kent

Author(s): Kent, H Vaughan

Keywords: blockwork;concrete;industrialised building;housing