A World of Safe Housing for All. -Elizabeth Hausler-

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The April 2015 Nepal Earthquake: why buildings collapse, and how to prevent it

imageSince the Nepal earthquake in April, Build Change has been studying why buildings collapse, and how people would like their houses to be rebuilt. Most Nepalese buildings are made with unreinforced masonry and are prone to collapse during earthquakes. Buildings made with reinforced concrete frames mounted on strong foundations are able to withstand landslides and earthquake shocks, and suffer much less damage.

Building Codes and guidelines exist but are widely ignored

imageAfter a 1988 earthquake in Nepal, the government published a Nepal National Building Code and guidelines for earthquake-resistant construction. Unfortunately, these guidelines are rarely used in practice, or enforced in any practical manner. Many houses are simply built by untrained local people.

Working with government is a constant process of creating relationships

imageEarthquakes don’t kill people: badly-built buildings do. Lives can be saved if buildings are constructed, or retrofitted with earthquake-proofing, according to reliable codes and guidelines, but this tends to make construction more costly or difficult. Safer buildings will only be made if the codes are enforced, and we build relationships with local and national governments to try to bring this about, but officials change, governments change, and we have to start all over again. It’s a constant process, but we think it’s worth it. It takes a lot of travel, so many thanks to ANA BLUE WING!

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2020.02.24
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New Excellence in Engineering Fellow   Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie announced the recipient of the 2019-2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellowship, Tim Hart, who has 30 years of structural engineering and building construction experience. The goal of the fellowship is to design solutions for making structures safer and stronger while allowing innovative engineers to make meaningful contributions in developing nations around the world. “Build Change’s mission and values are in line with my own. I want to use my skills as a structural engineer to directly help people who are vulnerable to catastrophic loss from climate disasters. It’s a man-made problem with a man-made solution, and I want to be a part of that solution,” Tim said.   ANA BLUE WING supports founder and CEO of Build Change Dr.Elizabeth Hausler and her dreams to make this world better by subsidizing her airfares. For more information about Build Change’s projects, please visit our website. https://bit.ly/2vP46EE #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2020.02.22
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IBM Code and Response + Build Change in Nepal   IBM Code and Response joined up with Build Change for a design thinking workshop in Nepal. The goal of the workshop was to help Build Change think through how to advance quickly with a construction quality mobile app designed specifically for Colombia. To do this, the team focused not just on the technical aspects of the app development, but also on the users of the app and what they are looking to accomplish through a home strengthening project.   ANA BLUE WING supports founder and CEO of Build Change Dr.Elizabeth Hausler and her dreams to make this world better by subsidizing her airfares. For more information about Build Change’s projects, please visit our website. https://bit.ly/2V5lgbW #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2020.02.22
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Boxing Day Tsunami and Build Change   The Boxing Day Earthquake and Tsunami struck coastal communities around the Indian Ocean on December 26, 2004, leaving hundreds of thousands of dead. As a part of the commemoration of the 15th anniversary of the disaster, Build Change recently looked back at its work in Banda Aceh, one of the affected communities. Even though Build Change had only existed as an organization for a few months at the time of the earthquake and tsunami, the organization rushed in to offer engineering expertise when it was most needed. Build Change’s home designs (like the blue house pictured) went on to win awards for the best in post-disaster reconstruction in Banda Aceh. ANA BLUEWING always admires their quick response of Build Change at their needs.   ANA BLUE WING supports founder and CEO of Build Change Dr.Elizabeth Hausler and her dreams to make this world better by subsidizing her airfares. For more information about Build Change’s projects, please visit our website. https://bit.ly/2uQf4df #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2019.12.29
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What to Learn Through Excellence in Engineering Fellowship   For the past two years, Simpson Strong-Tie has sponsored an Excellence in Engineering Fellowship to support Build Change’s work around the globe. The fellow for 2019, Juan Carlos Restrepo, recently completed his fellowship in Colombia and the Philippines. Reflecting back on the fellowship in this blog post (https://bit.ly/2SlcCob) Juan Carlos was thankful for the opportunity to feel the direct impact of his engineering work on homeowners in need. He was also grateful for the support of Build Change’s international leadership team, including Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, for helping him maintain perspective on the challenge of building more resilient communities. With nearly a third of the world’s population living in vulnerable housing, there is much more work to be done, and hopefully, many more fellows to come!   For more information about Elizabeth’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2snVGmi #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2019.12.10
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We Need to Make Existing Housing Better Elizabeth recently headlined Autodesk University Las Vegas, which was attended by more than 12,000 people, with a powerful message about the role of technology in resilient housing. "We can't scale just by building MORE housing—we need to make existing housing BETTER," she said. Watch Elizabeth’s full keynote, and stay tuned to the end for the announcement of a surprise new contribution to Build Change from Autodesk Foundation. https://youtu.be/S3XPhGx5EbE   For more information about Elizabeth’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2DHDTc7 #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2019.12.08
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The 3 C's Behind Quality Housing Elizabeth was recently a guest on Denver Frederick’s radio show Business of Giving (the conversation they had was later published in the Chronicle of Philanthropy) in which she shared the most important practices to building safe homes that you don’t typically find in substandard housing: https://bit.ly/2szKUt7 "The first C is configuration. Build a simple square, a symmetric house with no huge openings, or heavy mass above your head. Follow very simple configuration rules. The second C is connections. Everything has to be connected together. Especially for a hurricane, the roof has to be tied down to the walls. For an earthquake, all of the walls have to be connected together. The third C is construction quality. So good quality building materials, good quality workmanship, good quality bricklaying, everything that goes into the quality of construction."   For more information about Elizabeth’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2LmKE7d #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth

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