Calculating number of blocks for a 3 bedroom flat.
Most asked question from a would be house owner is always how many blocks do I need to get my building completed. So therefore this topic is written with illustrations to make it easy for you. The quality to estimate is 6 inches block(without holes) to complete the project.
Lets use this plan for our demonstration.
The data from the building is shown below;
(D1) = 1 piece (Dimension = 2100 × 1200)
(D2) = 6 pieces (Dimension = 2100 × 900)
(D3) = 4 pieces (Dimension = 2100 × 700)
Window Type 1 (W1) = 12 pieces (Dimension = 1200 × 1200)
Window Type 2 (W2) = 4 pieces (Dimension = 600 × 600)
Storey height = 3000mm
Three main phases of constructing a bungalow
- Foundation to DPC
- DPC to lintel level, and
- Lintel level to overhead level
Estimation of number blocks
The simplest approach is to estimate the number of blocks required in a metre square of wall.
Therefore one metre square of wall will contain;
1/0.10125 = 9.876
Therefore, one metre square of wall will contain approximately 10 blocks.
PHASE 1: FOUNDATION TO DPC
At this stage, the total length of the walls of the building and in particular the height of the walls are considered. There are no openings, and also the entire foundation excavation length is considered. For the building we are considering, the foundation layout is as shown below;
Using any method of your choice, you can calculate the total length of the walls at the foundation level.
This is approximately equal to 100256 mm = 100.256m from my calculations.
The height of the wall from foundation to DPC (ignoring thickness of mortar) = 900mm = 0.9m
Therefore, the total area of wall = 100.256m × 0.9m = 90.2304m2
If 10 blocks is required for 1m2 of wall, therefore (10 × 90.2304) = 903 blocks is required for 90.2304m2 of wall.
The number of blocks required to raise the building from foundation to DPC = 903 blocks (disregarding wastage and damages).
PHASE 2: DPC TO LINTEL LEVEL
At this level, we will consider the effects of openings in the buildings which includes the doors, windows, and also other openings as specified in the drawing. These openings are the verandah areas, and some of the room entrances. We will use the same process to calculate the total length of the wall and then minus the area of the openings. This process is as shown below;
Total Length of walls (excluding areas with no walls like verandahs) = 87420 mm = 87.42m
Height of wall = 2100 = 2.1m
Therefore area of wall = (87.42 × 2.1) = 183.582 m2
Total area of all doors from building data = 19.74 m2
Total area of all windows from building data = 18.72 m2
Therefore the net area of walls = 183.582 m2 – 19.74 m2 – 18.72 m2 = 145.122 m2
Hence, the total number of blocks required to take the building from DPC to lintel level = 145.122 × 10 = 1451.22 = 1452 blocks (disregarding damages and wastage)
PHASE 3: LINTEL LEVEL TO OVERHEAD LEVEL
Here, we are going to assume that the building is chained at the lintel level (this means that the entire level of the building will be casted and reinforced with steel at the lintel level. This offers the advantage of helping the building behave as a unit, and also helps in reducing cracking in the building).
Obviously, we will employ the length of wall without considering openings, so we are going to make use of 100.256m as the foundation level.
Length of wall = 100.256m
Height of wall = 675mm = 0.675m
Area of wall = (100.256 × 0.675) = 67.6728 m2
Hence, the total number of blocks required to take the building from lintel level to roof level = 67.6728 × 10 = 676.728 = 677 blocks (disregarding damages and wastage).
Ultimately, the total number of blocks required to complete the construction = 903 + 1452 + 677 = 3032 blocks (disregarding wastage).
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