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Sustainability 2019, 11(4), 977; https://doi.org/10.3390/su11040977

Improving the Sustainability of Traditional Dwellings in Yunnan, China: Seismic Resistance Testing of Wood-frame and Earth-Built Wall Dwellings

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School of Civil Engineering, Kunming University of Technology, Kunming 650500, China
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Design and Research Institute, Kunming University of Technology, Kunming 650051, China
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School of Art, Design and Architecture, University of Huddersfield, Queensgate, Huddersfield HD1 3DH, UK
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School of Architecture and Planning, Kunming University of Technology, Kunming 650500, China
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Received: 14 November 2018 / Revised: 27 January 2019 / Accepted: 11 February 2019 / Published: 14 February 2019
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The Southwest provinces of China are locations with a rich variety of different dwelling design typologies based on traditional cultures and ethnic groups. In this area, the Province of Yunnan has many such dwelling types, and it is also an area with most frequent earthquakes in China. The seismic problems of housing structure must therefore be solved as part of the study on sustainable development of villages to provide relevant advice for future design options. This paper reports research, which evolved over a ten-year period that deals with the seismic capacity of residential buildings. Simulations using shaking table tests were carried out to assess the performance of traditional residential structures as well with the impacts of material modifications and the structural strengthening of common residential building components found in Yunnan. Relevant and pertinent construction technology solutions that could enhance the seismic capacity of residential buildings and act as innovative improvements for the sustainability of rural dwellings are suggested. View Full-Text
Keywords: traditional dwellings; Yunnan; seismic performance; shaking table test; China traditional dwellings; Yunnan; seismic performance; shaking table test; China
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Bai, Y.; Gao, J.; Pitts, A.; Gao, Y.; Bai, W.; Tao, Z. Improving the Sustainability of Traditional Dwellings in Yunnan, China: Seismic Resistance Testing of Wood-frame and Earth-Built Wall Dwellings. Sustainability 2019, 11, 977.

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