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Modularity concept in Traditional Malay House (TMH) in Malaysia

Abdullah Sani, Ahmad and Ismail, Zulkifli (2006) Modularity concept in Traditional Malay House (TMH) in Malaysia. In: International Conference on Construction Industry 2006, 2006, Universitas Bung Hatta, Indonesia.

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Abstract

This paper is trying to unveil the very important concept that the TMH poses, which is, the modularity concept. In the latest development in construction industry, the modular system has become very important factor in the process of industrialization of building. A case study on several selected TMH was carried out. The enquiry was focused on the dimensioning system applied and adopted. TMH was divided into several components such as, structural element, spaces, floor, walls (including door and window openings) and roofs. Data was tabulated in an observation list which then analyzed. TMH fundamentally can be divided in several modular system, i.e. by spaces and components. Spaces like ‘rumah ibu’, ‘serambi’, and ‘rumah dapur’ can be called as modular spaces. And components like walls, door and windows, structural components and the roofs can be called modular components. These results are very critical because it is a testimony to the indigenous skills and knowledge on modular system of construction existed in TMH for very long time and has the potentials to be developed in the future. The result also acknowledged the problem of inconsistency in the dimensioning system applied and adopted between one TMH to another. It shows that without a consistent dimensioning system, the TMH cannot be standardized and this by it self contradicted from the concept of modularity.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:modular, industrialization, timber, prefabrication
Subjects:Unspecified
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:25211
Deposited By: Liza Porijo
Deposited On:14 May 2012 01:44
Last Modified:14 May 2012 01:45

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