Stucco has long been an
exterior finish and not thought of as a structural
component . I have seen old buildings with termite damage so extensive, that the
wood framing couls be pulled out with your bare hands, meaning the old stucco was the
only thing supporting the building.
The benefits of cement and steel have been seen for years in concrete construction.
Steel studs have not only a low evironmental impact, there are some advantages
over wood studs. For example: steel studs are light, straight, fire and termite resistant.
Lath and stucco interlock with the metal framing. panelized construction help speed
This home (pictured) was built in Sri Lanka in 20 days. It can serve as a model for
how to house a growing world population, with low cost and excellent longevity.
Donald Stevens should be
commended for his effort to help tsunami victims with a low
cost yet durable housing.