Sustainable housing in island conditions using Alker-gypsum-stabilized earth: A case study from northern Cyprus

Isik B., Tulbentci T.

BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENT, cilt.43, sa.9, ss.1426-1432, 2008 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier

  • Yayın Türü: Makale / Tam Makale
  • Cilt numarası: 43 Konu: 9
  • Basım Tarihi: 2008
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2007.06.002
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.1426-1432


The materials and energy sources needed for construction are limited by island conditions. Until recent decades, earth was widely used as a construction material in northern Cyprus due to its abundance and many technical advantages, however, as a construction material, earth is vulnerable to moisture. Ongoing research into gypsum-stabilized earth (known as Alker) at Istanbul Technical University since 1978 demonstrates the superior physical properties, increased durability, and human health benefits of this improved earthen material.