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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2017.08.18
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How does Elizabeth nurture her staff? It’s important to Build Change to encourage women, so they make sure they have female engineers in senior and management positions, because that helps to attract female engineers in the more entry- and mid-level positions. “Almost all of our leadership team in Haiti is women. Having female senior engineers and managers as role models has really helped us to recruit more women.” Support ANA BLUE WING and help Elizabeth achieve her goal. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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Elizabeth’s goals for Build Change In the long term, Elizabeth wants to go out of business! Her goal is that no-one will die or get injured in an earthquake because their house or school collapses on them. Short term, Build Change are scaling up their prevention retrofitting programs to make existing buildings safer. Medium term, their 10 in 10 goal is for 10 million people in the next 10 years to live or learn in an earthquake-safe house or school. Like this post and help Elizabeth go out of business! https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2017.07.28
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New Message from Elizabeth Message from Elizabeth , who is supported through the ANA BLUE WING Program. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2017.07.13
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Better, less expensive and quicker Replacing old houses with new ones in earthquake-prone areas is costly, and a drain on government resources. But there is a way to strengthen existing houses using micro-financing and small loans that is quicker, more affordable and ultimately more people-centered. It’s called “Retrofitting” and as Elizabeth wrote in a recent article with the World Bank’s Luis Triveno, it almost pays for itself. https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING
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2017.05.25
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Inspiring Women! ANA Inspiration’s “2017 Inspiring Women in Sports” conference featured presentations by some of the most inspiring women in the sports world. Social entrepreneur and ANA BLUE WING Changemaker Elizabeth Hausler of Build Change spoke about her inspiration to solve the problem of how to make buildings earthquake proof, with ANA BLUE WING’s help. Support ANA BLUE WING and help Elizabeth inspire others! https://www.ana-bluewing.com/en/changemakers/elizabeth_hausler/ #elizabeth #ANABLUEWING

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