Buildings are classified as mobile buildings and permanent buildings.

Mobile buildings

Mobile buildings are used by people moving from one place to another such as military camps, vacation homes, residential caravan, movable shops (at vacation centres) and more. These buildings are made of prefabricated materials and hence can be shifted from place to place easily.

Permanent building

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A permanent building is meant to stay standing. It is not easily picked up and carried away like a tent or moved like a caravan.
Permanent houses can be further classified based on the life of a structure as

  • Pucca house
  • Kutcha house

These terms are applied to homes in South Asia. The term pucca means “solid” and “permanent”, is derived from Hindi. It is used to refer to the buildings that are built of substantial material such as stone, brick, cement, concrete, or timber. It is contrasted with kutcha housing which is also derived from Hindi referring to buildings of flimsy construction built with naturally occurring materials. In other parts of the world, instead of using the terms pucca and kutcha, the buildings are referred to as permanent, semi-permanent and temporary buildings based on its life.

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