Pitt | Swanson Engineering
CEE Professor Kent Harries Published Second Edition of NOCMAT Book
Kent A. Harries, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering

PITTSBURGH (Dec. 5, 2019) — Kent A. Harries, PhD, professor of civil and environmental engineering (CEE) at the University of Pittsburgh’s Swanson School of Engineering, and Pitt CEE alumna Bhavna Sharma, PhD, assistant professor at the University of Southern California School of Architecture, have published a significantly expanded second edition of their book, Nonconventional and Vernacular Construction Materials: Characterisation, Properties and Applications

The book’s first edition, published in 2016, took a rigorous, scientific approach to nonconventional building materials and their applications, such as bamboo, clay-based materials, rice husk ash and vegetable fibers. The second edition includes additional materials chapters, case studies and chapters contributed by leading international experts focusing on codes and regulations, professional education, and material informatics and how they apply to nonconventional materials. 

“For millennia, people have looked to the world around them for natural building materials,” says Harries. “As the importance of sustainability in the built environment grows, we can learn a great deal from those vernacular constructions and create sustainable building practices for the new millennium.” 

The book was published by Woodhead Publishing, an imprint of Elsevier. 

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Maggie Pavlick, 12/5/2019

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