Practical Action helps poor communities to make the best use of their own labour and to use locally produced building materials and techniques that they can afford and manage.
Publications from Practical Action Publishing
Appropriate Building Materials
Summarizes technical data and practical information and identifies appropriate solutions to any given problem in low-cost construction.
This book describes the management and administration of building maintenance and the methods or basic technologies.
Communicating Building For Safety
Presents the principles of communicating the information needed for building improvement.
Developing Building for Safety Programmes
Summarizes the basic principles to be considered in the planning and implementation of community-based building improvement programmes for small dwellings in disaster-prone areas.
Financial Planning for the Small Building Contractor
Topics covered in this volume include planning the year's work, job programmes, cash flow, investment decisions, billing procedures and work study techniques.
Manual of Building Construction
This is a practical, illustrated handbook on the construction of small buildings using local materials, suitable for a great variety of ground and climate conditions.
Rural Building Course
Contains information on tools, maintenance of tools, rural building materials, rural building products, basic masonry techniques, basic carpentry techniques and preparation for on-the-job training.
Standards and Specifications for Local Building Materials
Report on the deliberations from a regional workshop on standards and specifications for local building materials, dealing with regional co-operation, methodologies for establishing standards and procedures and quality control.
Technical Principles of Building for Safety
This book describes principles and construction techniques for builders, householders and communities who are building in hazard-prone areas.