1st Edition

Designing with Alternative Building Materials and Review of Building Materials

By Kalyan Kumar Ganguly Copyright 2025
    568 Pages 295 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

    This book explains possible alternative building materials along with the test results including review of common building materials, earth engineering and construction, suitable soil, soil mechanics and production, masonry construction, rammed earth construction, use of ferro-cement units for projects, and fibre reinforced concrete for projects and applications. Other items such as project management, computer aided work, education, training for engineers, construction work, quality control, safety aspect, communication, applications, and case studies etc. have been covered with construction photographs.


    • Focusses on information on alternative building materials and actual applications in projects.
    • Provides useful overview of earth and concrete alternate construction materials.
    • Comprehensively covers sections about different types of fiber reinforced concrete.
    • Explains pertinent sustainability and environmental benefits.
    • Includes case study with carbon fibre composite material for strengthening a column.

    This book is aimed at professionals in civil and construction engineering.

    1. General Items and Brief Comments on Building Materials and Earth Technology  2. Earth/Clay, Alternative Building Materials, Cob, Wattle-And-Daub and Some Other Methods  3. Compressed Earth Blocks (Ceb), Soil/Earth, Stabilizers, Fibres and Applications  4. Adobe, Clay, Flyash-Lime Bricks and Masonry Construction  5. Rammed Earth Construction  6. Ferro-Cement  7. Fibre Reinforced Concrete  8. Brief Comments on Building Materials  9. Concrete as a Building Material  10. Steel Structures  11. Computer Aided Work, Education, Training, Quality, Reliability  12. Sustainability/Resilience, Hazards, Risks, Structural And Site Safety  13. Construction, Supervision, Site Accidents, Project And Risk Management  14. Repair Work To Structures  15. Construction Photographs from Projects  16. Summary and Comments from Review on Alternative Building Materials


    Kalyan Kumar Ganguly (Gangopadhyay) did his BE in civil engineering from Jadavpur University in the year 1964. He is a qualified Chartered Engineer (London) and did his Ph.D. from Teesside, U.K. in the year 1972. He has over 56 years of experience in India and U.K. covering Design, Site supervision, Project Management, Research and Teaching. The spectrum of projects will include Bridges, Power Projects, Fertilizer Projects, Chemical Plants, Heavy Civil Engineering Projects, University Complexes, Hotels and Resorts, Research Centers, Housing and Commercial Complexes etc. Some of the Special Projects with alternative building materials will cover Ferro Cement, Compressed Earth Blocks, Rammed Earth Construction etc. He has also handled Repair and Rehabilitation Projects covering Buildings, Bridges and Heritage Structures.