Building Design Catalouge – Volume I


The April 25th 2015 and May 12th 2015 earthquakes in Nepal caused widespread damage to housing in the affected districts, as well as loss of life of almost 9,000 people. The Government of Nepal figures indicates that 602,257 houses were fully damaged, and 285,099 houses were partially damaged.

The Design Catalogue for Reconstruction of Rural Housing has been developed to support rural households to
commence the reconstruction of their homes on a solid basis, by providing prototype and flexible house designs
which can be adopted, and adapted, in all earthquake-affected communities. The designs provided in the catalogue
cover four broad categories of building materials and typology:

  • Stone and mud mortar masonry
  • Brick and mud mortar masonry
  • Stone and cement mortar masonry
  • Brick and cement mortar masonry

The designs provided in this catalogue have all been prepared in compliance with the revised National Building Code
of Nepal and are approved by the Department of Urban Development and Building Construction (DUDBC).
For each design included in the catalogue the following information is provided:

  • 3D view of the design
  • Floor plan
  • Elevations
  • Section
  • Technical Details

The number of manpower days for skilled and unskilled labour, as well as the quantity of materials required for the
construction of the design is also provided and is broken down in terms of requirements to construct up to the plinth
level, up to ring beam level, and for the construction of the roof.
Designs included in the Design Catalogue for Reconstruction of Rural Housing can be selected and used as is, the
prototype designs, or can be adapted based on the parameters as defined in the National Building Code of Nepal, the
flexible designs. Once a design has been selected this can be used by the household as part of the building permit
application process. The Design Catalogue for Reconstruction of Rural Housing can also provide guidance in terms of
budgeting, and estimating the quantity of material required and as a general guide for basic earthquake-resistant
construction techniques.

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