to make safe buildings simple-
buildings that increase self-respect and self-reliance
housing that is healthier and more affordable for all
We serve by consulting, training, testing and assisting with structural testing.
White Paper Introducing Earthbag
Earth Walls Defying Earthquakes summarizes what contained earth is, what it isn't and the structural data we now have. Best intro for leaders about the potential for quake-resilient sustainable walls that don't cost much.
Finally! Structural Information for Earthbag 2016 is online!
Check out university research and recent BSI test results that can help you build safer for high risk areas.
Get involved and let BSI advise your student researchers to fill in some of the gaps in our knowledge. let's build geo-textile earthen buildings that wup the next quake.
Check out the images and files available today on our new soil test page.
New Reinforcement Technique Series
Tests are showing that new contained earth reinforcement and construction techniques pay off in safer buildings. Solid walls (damp soil in mesh tubing) have higher strengths. Barbed wire tied out corners and up to the next course won't gap apart at corners. Barbed wire on exterior corner rebar offers superior resistance to horizontal force.
Best of all, builders of any type of masonry wall can use vibration-reducing gravel base walls. This file teaches how to build this type of protective building base.
Even stable curving walls in high seismic risk regions can benefit from added steel. Remember, Cal-Earth's domes were evaluated for their 1.5 g seismic risk location. Round walls with ordinary roofing don't have the same stability. And many parts of the world have seismic risk up to and above 2 g.
Earthbag Survives Nepal's 2015 Quakes:
BSI is still working with trainers, ngos, and engineers to find out the safest and strongest ways to rebuild for Nepal.
Fall 2015 BSI test builds in NM
supply unique answers needed by Nepal.
More results coming soon.
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