Utilization of Ilocano Traditional Materials in the Construction of Green School Building

Nelia V. Aman, Franklyn T. Amistad


This paper focused on the development of a low-cost green school building and construction system. It aimed to characterize the technical and financial aspects of the project utilizing the Ilocano traditional construction materials that are available in the locality. The utilization of tropical Bamboo as a sustainable source encourages industrialization and increases employment opportunities within the locality. The research design is descriptive and qualitative. The researchers formulated a textual presentation of the engineering and architectural designs of the project. The project is an elementary school building with a dimension of seven by nine meters.  The project was designed using raw materials available within the locality. The estimated project cost which is P185, 018.62 is lesser than a seven by nine meters reinforced concrete building with an estimated cost amounting to P945,000.00. The project promotes and supports research and development with the view of improving efficiency of raw materials utilization and further promotes processing and utilization of tropical Bamboo that would encourage the acceptance by the Engineers and designers to shift to raw material source. It is suggested that a study on the Impact  of the project be conducted in order to measure the utility of the Green School Building project.


low-cost, raw material utilization, bamboo, and engineers and designers

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