Essentials of Building Construction in the Tropics


Essentials of Building Construction in the Tropics

Welcome to “Essentials of Building Construction in the Tropics,” an informative guide that delves into the unique considerations and challenges of constructing buildings in tropical regions like Africa. Whether you’re an architect, engineer, contractor, home owner or simply an enthusiast interested in tropical architecture, this book is your comprehensive resource.

In this book, we will explore various aspects of building construction specifically tailored to the tropical climate, taking into account the environmental factors that influence design, materials, and construction methods. The tropics present a distinct set of conditions, including high humidity, intense heat, heavy rainfall, and the presence of tropical storms. Understanding and adapting to these conditions is crucial to ensure the longevity, safety, and efficiency of buildings in such regions.

Each chapter of this book will cover a specific topic related to building construction in the tropics. We will start by laying the foundation with an introduction to building construction, followed by an exploration of the tropical climate and its impact on construction practices. We will then delve into site selection, considering factors such as topography, soil composition, and accessibility.

Subsequent chapters will cover key aspects of building construction, including foundations and soil considerations, structural systems and materials, roofing and waterproofing techniques, walls and partitions, and the selection of doors, windows, and ventilation systems that are suitable for the tropics. We will also address the installation of electrical and plumbing systems, the importance of appropriate finishes and interior design choices, and the integration of sustainable and green building practices.

Safety is of paramount importance in any construction project, and we will dedicate a chapter to safety measures and building codes specifically tailored to the tropics. Additionally, we will discuss maintenance and repairs, as well as provide case studies showcasing successful building projects in tropical regions.


By the end of this book, you will have a comprehensive understanding of the essentials of building construction in the tropics. Whether you are involved in a construction project, planning to build your own home, or simply curious about the subject, this book will serve as your guide to successfully navigate the intricacies of building in tropical regions.

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Engr. Okoye is a registered Civil engineer with interests in Engineering, Project and construction management as well as general management. He is currently the Managing Director of Conifer Konstruktion (Nig) Ltd, a Building construction/project management company located in Awka, South Eastern Nigeria.