Vasantha of Indiranagar writes:
I was in India for nearly 35 years, and went to the U.S. after my marriage. I was so used to seeing concrete houses, that I was aghast to see a totally wooden structure in the U.S. Although several things are so easy, as putting up a painting on the wall, there are things that scare me, as a fire, for instance.
Why can't we in India think of having wooden structures in high-rises or even otherwise, as I hear that with good anti-fire-systems and alarms in place, they are supposed to be the best for being earthquake-resistant? Please tell me why the concept is not popular in India. Can't we replicate too?
Aswath M.U. answers:
* Wood construction in India is limited to certain areas where it is locally available.
* In most parts of the country, wood is mainly used for doors, windows, furniture and interior decoration.
* Comparatively, wood is costly, hence its limited use as a structural material.
* Used as an architectural material in villas, bungalows, resorts and farm houses.
* Effective treatments are available for seasoning, preservation and fire resistance.
* Cost-effective panels and wood composites are easily available and are popular.
* Earthquake-resistant design is possible even without using wood.