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A sustainable, eco-friendly and disaster-proof design of mobile bunkhouse for construction industry application

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Author John Rogel S. Ursua, Consorcio S. Namoco Jr., Ajimar Borlan, Rex Galopo and Tobias Antolino Jr.
e-ISSN 1819-6608
On Pages 2558-2566
Volume No. 18
Issue No. 23
Issue Date February 10, 2024
Keywords construction, design, disaster-proof structure, mobile bunkhouse, wind load.


Traditional and temporary bunkhouses are typically constructed of wood and lumber. As a result, the use of trees is maximized. With this, deforestation contributes to climate change. This research aims to create a mobile bunkhouse where the wood will be replaced with eco-friendly, sustainable, lightweight, and durable materials such as Galvanized iron, Steels, Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), and Acrylic (PolyMethyl MethAcrylate or PMMA), making this study viable. The mobile bunkhouse is equipped with a site office, a restroom, a kitchen, a storage room, and a dormitory-typed bedroom. Moreover, the mobile bunkhouse is 75% more expensive than the temporary bunkhouse. However, the return on investment will be realized within one to two years. With this, the mobile bunkhouse is designed to withstand a maximum wind velocity of 155 kph and a maximum of 1.25m flood level, making it a calamity-proof structure per the National Structural Code of the Philippines (NSCP) 2015 and the National Building Code of the Philippines. Thus, the wheeled structure can be viewed as a long-term solution that can be the best substitute for a conventional and temporary bunkhouse.


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