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NEDA teaches the use of Coconut Fiber, Angle Bars & C-Purlins for Roofs

In this article by NEDA, they show a 2-storey experimental house with a total floor area of 53 square meters constructed utilizing coconut fiber-cement boards (CFB) together with component steel as its structural framework.

Given the plentiful coconut tree- ubiquitous in fact on our Philippine shores, CFB as an alternative construction material for walling, ceiling, roofing and base support in upper level flooring of house makes complete sense. In fact, NEDA proposes its use in the fabrication of furniture (tables, chairs, desks, etc.), cabinets, boxes and vases inside the house.

Roofing System

MATERIALS USED: The house has an A-frame design with the roof system consisting of the traditional rafters and purlins construction. In the picture, the green roof cover is made of 8 mm thick, 75 cm wide, and 75 cm long CFB panels painted with waterproof paints.

The rafters consist of 0.6 cm X 5 cm x 5 cm angular steel bars and the purlins made of 0.60 cm x 3.8 cm x 75 cm channel bars. The components were assembled on site by welding the members together. The two opposite rafters were joined together end to end at the ridge beam (0.60 cm x 5 cm x 5 cm angular steel bar) while the other ends were directly connected to the base plate of the second level floor extending to the eaves or overhang of about one (1) meter.

Interestingly, the main roof structure was made to incline by about 40% greater than the normal slope of 35 degrees considering that the roof cover is made of experimental fiber-cement boards. This will ensure faster surface water run-off in case of downpour.

Of course, the question is, how strong and lasting is the coconut fiber? This project by NEDA aims to evaluate the performance of CFB in actual service condition. To find out more click here

Note: A coconut fiber-cement board (CFB) is a product manufactured from fibrous materials like coconut coir, fronds, spathes and shredded wood that are mixed with Portland cement at a predetermined ratio of 60-70% cement to 30-40% fiber by weight.

Categories: Innovation
  1. May 14, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    I like the pictures you chose to use it really helped me to understand exactly what you were talking about thanks :]

  2. August 4, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Glad it helped

  3. March 3, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Good helpful article. Unfortunately, the links seem to be broken. The pictures are not displaying.

    • July 22, 2016 at 3:59 am

      Thank you for letting us know. They seem to have taken the pictures down.

  4. October 28, 2014 at 1:56 am

    I don’t know why NEDA removed the pictures.

  5. Joemer Gomez
    May 28, 2015 at 10:06 pm

    Sir/Mam , is there a NEDA seminar for those who wants to learn how to make coconut fiber board and how to use /install the same in building low cost housing ? If there’s any pls let us know. Thank you and GOD BLESS. St Joe Producers’ Cooperative of Nueva Ecija

    • July 22, 2016 at 3:59 am

      Sorry, we’re not sure about how often the seminars are held. Please contact NEDA directly for the latest information.

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