Experiencing Technical Difficulties (resonant) wrote,
Experiencing Technical Difficulties

Kosovo construction

Buildings in Prishtina are built oddly. First, concrete posts with rebar are poured in place, and slab floors with rebar are poured on top. That's a good sturdy method. However, they then used hollow fired-clay bricks to build the interior and exterior walls. They then slather cement stucco over the brick. That seems like a very labour-intensive way to make a weak, brittle building membrane with poor insulation, which will require extensive ongoing maintenance. You can see many buildings built this way that are crumbling apart.

I know that labour is cheaper than material costs here. Still, there is an opportunity here to improve local construction techniques.
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