Our Mission:
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. 


"Good building" that aids others should be built well, or it will harm them in the long run. Use:

Local materials

Local skills & tools

Local labor

But build sustainable buildings strong enough for local hazards!


Winter 2016/ 2017 Testing Shows Earthbag Can Be As Strong As New Zealand Standards

Working with builders creating hundreds of needed buildings in Nepal, BSI has proof that strong soils are important, and that careful builders can use the NZ earth building standards to evaluate and improve their plan structurally. Preliminary reports online now, full details to come Spring 2017.

White Paper Introducing Earthbag/ Contained Earth

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.

Structural Information for Earthbag/ Contained Earth 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 whup the next quake.

Simpler Field Tests Coming January 2017

Innovative techniques to evaluate soil strength with very simple equipment (buckets and a plank). See our new series explaining soil strength and qualities for builders and for designers like engineers and architects unfamiliar with earthen walls.
Check out the images and files available today on our new soil test page.

Earthbag Survives Nepal's 2015 Quakes:

Owen trained more than 300 builders in Nepal last fall after more than 50 earthbag buildings survived the quakes. Dozens of builders are still learning every week, and Owen has returned for another series of courses.

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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Build Simple Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit.
Donations help pay for materials and laborers.
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