Know In Brief - COSTFORD

Sustainable Design Practices at Costford


In this blog, lets talk about,
1.COSTFORD’s role in promoting sustainability
2.Architect Laurie Backer’s approach
3.COSTFORD’s architectural approach
4.Different construction techniques adopted
a)Rubble Masonry
b)Brick Wall
a)What is a brick?
b)Brick Bonds- Flemish Bond, Rat trap bond
c)Brick Jalli
d)Bottle lighting
e)Filler Slab
f)Mud Building
a)Adobe Walls
b)COB Walls
c)Mud Plaster
g)Bamboo beam & bamboo slab
h)Roofing: Casuarina roofing
i)Flooring
5.Hands on - Site Visits
6.On Site Sketches

Centre of Science and Technology For Rural Development- COSTFORD founded in 1985 by architect Laurie Baker, Achuth Menon, former chief minister of kerala, economist Dr. K.N. Raj and social activist R Chandradutt provides technological assistance and social development support for rural and urban development. The firm shows interest in alternative building technologies encouraged by Mr. Laurie Baker.
Costford was registered as non profit voluntary organisation in 1985 and started its construction activities in 1986. Its head office is located in Thrissur and has several offices in kerala, in which Trivandrum office is dedicated to architectural services. 
CDS - Sketch -  Trivandrum
Residences for EWS
Housing colonies
Social housing
Small to medium sized buildings
Institutional buildings
Small scale infrastructure projects

Costford designs in accordance with user needs with major consideration will be on resource conservation. A set of standards are pragmatically developed at costford for choosing the right design which can cater the user needs. Some of design techniques adopted are exclusive to costford developed by architect Laurie Baker.


COMPONENTS
FOUNDATION
+ RUBBLE MASONRY
WALL
+ BRICK
+ ADOBE
+ COB
OPENINGS
+ JALLIS
+ BOTTLE LIGHTING
SLAB/BEAM
+ BAMBOO SLAB
+ BAMBOO BEAM
ROOFING
+ CASURINA
+ FILLER SLAB
FLOORING
+ RED OXIDE
+ BAMBOO FLOORING
+ VITRIFIED TILES
+ GRANITE
+ TERRACOTTA