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Deep in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepali Earthquake Victims Handcraft Unique Jewelry, Fabrics & Spices from Natural Materials. We give them Hope Through Employment & Empowerment to Rebuild. This means We Do Not Accept Donations. When you Buy Our Products, you Buy Their Products, giving the Artisan a Job, you a Stunning Handmade Piece of Art and us the Opportunity to Build Earthquake Resistant Schools, Homes & Medical Clinics and Teach These Natural Building Techniques across Villages in Nepal, India, Africa & Central America. That’s What We Do. That’s Why We Do It. For Hope & Homes.

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SUPER ADOBE

To an ant a toothpick is unbreakable. To a human a tree is unbreakable. To an earthquake, a tree is a toothpick. It’s simply a mater of scale. There is no human made structure strong enough to withstand the forces of an earthquake unless it’s designed to move with the earth itself. In our attempts to rebuild a post earthquake Nepal we must not let slip the primary lesson learned: rigidity is not strength, in an earthquake flexibility is.M. A. Cocchini, Founder of Hope & Homes

INTRODUCTION

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TYPE OF CONSTRUCTION


There are many different types of construction, ranging from Reinforced Concrete Cement (RCC) sky scrapers to tent wrapped wooden poles stabbed into village mud. Each has its own cost, process, strengths and weaknesses. This page provides 360 virtual reality experiences of each.

As you look through them, consider their life span, how long they last -vs- how much they cost. Consider what risks and protections they give to their occupants in the event of fire, floor, hurricane, bomb blasts and ballistics, freezing winters and blistering summers. Above all consider which one you would most want to be inside during an earthquake.

– Dig a trench in the outline of the walls and fill it with rocks.
– Fill bags with earth and stack them like bricks along the rocky trench.
– Compact and level each layer of bag adding barbed wire as you go.
– Add windows and doors.
– Plaster the walls to protect them from the sun.
– Add a roof and you’re done

Remember that there are 2 major directions of motion in an earthquake. The amount of force is important, but also the direction of the forces play a huge role in whether or not a structure survives. Earthquakes that move in an up-and-down direction are better than earthquakes that move in a side-to-side direction. Think about a stack of glass plates on a shaky table. If you lift the table up and drop it, the plates hit but still stay stacked If you shake the table violently back and forth, the plates with slide and the shack will crumble. The direction of the forces in an earthquake attack different types of strength in the structure.

  • Tensile Strength

    Reinforced Concrete Cement (RCC) construction is usually thought of as the expensive type of construction. It is what is used mainly in cities. Many of the stunning glass sly scrapers you have seen were build with an RCC spine and the glass and other unique and expensive facades where installed onto that RCC frame. Conversely we’ve been to villages where they literally cut down the trees, stabbed them into the mud, tied them together with twine and wrapped donated Unicef tarps around. Depending on the type of construction, the intended function of the structure, the location and the size, building a structure can range from $10 to millions of dollars.

  • Compression Strength

    Complexity of the building process varies from one construction type to the next.

  • Shear Strength

    Converse to the point above, building cheaper does not always mean it will be done sooner. We have seen simple, cheap builds go on for months due to politics, greed, mismanaged funding and egos. There is an unplastered super adobe school in Uganda right now that is rotting in the sun as we speak. The billionaire donor blames the church for mismanaging the funds and refuses to give more. The church feels the donor was unrealistic about the cost of construction. Meanwhile the school rots and becomes more structurally unsound for the children that may one day use it. Always think outside the box on time. RCC is a more complex process but also is widely understood and utilizes machines for a lot of the heavy lifting. Super Adobe is a much simpler idea, but due to village conditions you usually have to dig the earth by hand. Location, politics and egos play just as big a role as funding and process complexity in stalling a project.

  • R-Value Insulation

    Each section has basic text explanations with advanced text drop-downs for additional information. Believe it or not, this was one of the hardest parts of building this tutorial. There’s so much information out there and it’s beginner, intermediate and advanced are often all lumped in together. We’ve done our best to sort that out.

  • Thermal Mass Insulation

    Each section has basic text explanations with advanced text drop-downs for additional information. Believe it or not, this was one of the hardest parts of building this tutorial. There’s so much information out there and it’s beginner, intermediate and advanced are often all lumped in together. We’ve done our best to sort that out.

GALLERY

YOU BUY. WE BUILD.

HOPE THROUGH EMPLOYMENT

EMPOWERMENT TO REBUILD

Deep in the Himalayan Mountains, Nepali Earthquake Victims Handcraft Unique Jewelry, Fabrics & Spices from Natural Materials. We give them Hope Through Employment & Empowerment to Rebuild. This means We Do Not Accept Donations. When you Buy Our Products, you Buy Their Products, giving the Artisan a Job, you a Stunning Handmade Piece of Art and us the Opportunity to Build Earthquake Resistant Schools, Homes & Medical Clinics and Teach These Natural Building Techniques across Villages in Nepal, India, Africa & Central America. That’s What We Do. That’s Why We Do It. For Hope & Homes.

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