Handbook on Design and Construction of Housing for Flood-Prone Rural Areas of Bangladesh

While there have been successful initiatives towards improving the performance of new construction by incorporation of appropriate designs, cost-effective flood-resistant techniques and building materials in the building construction process in many countries, little has been done in Bangladesh to that effect. It is generally anticipated that house owners, local masons and small contractors will continue to play significant role in the building construction process for low-income groups, and any improvement in their skills in flood-resistant construction can significantly help to improve the quality standards of non-engineered buildings and hence considerable reduction in loss of human lives and properties during floods.

The author Dr. K. Iftekhar Ahmed has presented number of improvements in the handbook, which can be easily adopted in the building construction and guidelines suggested by him through longstanding experience in low cost house design in Bangladesh are easy to follow.