Evaluating patterns of wood use for building construction in Maputaland, South Africa

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dc.contributor.author Gaugris, Jerome Yves
dc.contributor.author Van Rooyen, M.W. (Margaretha W.), 1950-
dc.date.accessioned 2009-08-08T06:30:00Z
dc.date.available 2009-08-08T06:30:00Z
dc.date.issued 2009-04
dc.description.abstract A questionnaire survey was conducted to evaluate the level of wood utilization for house building in the community of Manqakulane in Maputaland, northern KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, in 2003. The questionnaire's aims were to evaluate in both a descriptive and quantitative manner the utilization of wood in building construction. House building design in that community has abandoned the traditional round huts with thatched roofs of 20 years ago and now favours square or rectangular houses made with wooden walls covered with mud or cement and with a corrugated iron roof. While wooden houses represented the majority of buildings, houses made of bricks were on the increase. Square or rectangular houses with a corrugated iron roof required significantly less elements for the roof beams than round thatched houses. The wall panels were the most wood-consuming part of a house. It was estimated that the average household would have to source 11 main posts, 10 main beams, 27 roof laths and 277 wall laths annually to replace old buildings. Between 40 and 50% of the material used in house building was obtained from species with an established sustainable harvesting potential. The high preference for Brachylaena huillensis as main posts is, however,cause for concern as the current population of this species in the communal land of the Manqakulane people cannot sustain such high levels of harvesting. en_US
dc.identifier.citation Gaugris, JY & Van Rooyen, MW 2009, 'Evaluating patterns of wood use for building construction in Maputaland, South Africa', South African Journal of Wildlife Research, vol. 39, no. 1, pp. 85-96. [http://www.sawma.co.za/] en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0379-4369
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/10956
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Southern African Wildlife Management Association en_US
dc.rights Southern African Wildlife Management Association en_US
dc.subject Hardwood utilization en_US
dc.subject Rural community housing en_US
dc.subject House building en_US
dc.subject Maputaland en_US
dc.subject.lcsh House construction -- Maputaland -- South Africa en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Building materials -- wood en_US
dc.title Evaluating patterns of wood use for building construction in Maputaland, South Africa en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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