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Techniques for environmental control and structural integrity of buildings in ancient China

Low Sui Pheng (Department of Building, School of Design and Environment, National University of Singapore, Singapore)

Structural Survey

ISSN: 0263-080X

Article publication date: 1 December 2004

Abstract

China is among one of the oldest civilizations in the world. The massive land mass of China also means that the Chinese people are subject to weather extremes as well as topographical variety in a country which cuts across alpine heights, treacherous deserts, lush valleys, dusty plains and lengthy rivers. With these weather extremes as the backdrop, it is crucial for the Chinese people to develop appropriate environmental control techniques for their dwellings as well as to ensure the structural integrity of their buildings. This paper discusses the protection, heating, anti‐seismic and dampness techniques developed and implemented in ancient China. It also documents the measures taken by the ancient Chinese to ensure the structural integrity of their buildings. The examples highlighted in this paper suggest that the building science principles adopted in ancient China remain relevant in the construction industry today.

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Sui Pheng, L. (2004), "Techniques for environmental control and structural integrity of buildings in ancient China", Structural Survey, Vol. 22 No. 5, pp. 271-281. https://doi.org/10.1108/02630800410571599

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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