Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management (AJEDM)

Volume 3 Number 1 (2011)

Asian Journal of Environment and Disaster Management 2011 3 1

doi: 10.3850/S1793924011000642

Stilt House Building Technology for Flood Disaster Reduction in Flood-prone Areas

Weihua Fanga and Fei Heb
Academy of Disaster Reduction and Emergency Management, Beijing Normal University, No.19, Xinjiekouwai Street, Beijing 100875, China.


Floods, flash floods, and storm surges are major threats to lives and properties in riparian and coastal regions. The stilt house building technology, an indigenous knowledge in West Hunan Province, China, has been verified effective by its history of more than 1,000 years. It has also been developed into new forms and applied in modern concrete buildings, making it an example of transferrable indigenous knowledge. The anticipated users of this technology are administrative officers, national governments and other intermediate government bodies, NGO/NPO project managers and staff, experts, architects, engineers, rural planners, and local residents. This technology can be used to protect human lives and properties, especially in rural coastal areas.

Keywords: Stilt house, Building technology, Flood risk reduction, Transferable indigenous knowledge (TIK).

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