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

Isik B., Tulbentci T.

BUILDING AND ENVIRONMENT, vol.43, no.9, pp.1426-1432, 2008 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 43 Issue: 9
  • Publication Date: 2008
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.buildenv.2007.06.002
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.1426-1432
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: Yes


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.