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

REPORT 01

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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2019.09.26
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Tech and the Gender Gap Shivani took part in the Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference in Canada, as a panelist for a conversation titled: "The Power of Tech: How do we best harness technology for gender equality?" She was joined by Melinda Gates and several other notable guests. Shivani shared how Tala helps enable financial agency, particularly amongst women, and serves to empower them to make a difference in their lives and communities. Melinda Gates echoed the importance of doing this: “...if we want to use digital technology to close gender gaps, women MUST be part of building and designing it”. https://youtu.be/OaAr20GkkEY   For more information about Elizabeth’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2lWEgdc #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2019.09.25
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Build Change Signs Transformational Partnership Agreement with the National Housing Ministry of Colombia! Build Change recently launched a three-year partnership with the Ministerio de Vivienda de Colombia (National Housing Ministry of Colombia) where Build Change will provide expert training and technical expertise to the Casa Digna, Vida Digna (Decent House, Decent Life) program. Over 10 million Colombians live in houses that are weak and likely to collapse in the event of an earthquake. “This program aims to improve 600,000 housing units, 120,000 of which will be with the National Housing Ministry, and which will include structural reinforcements as well as other types of interventions.” Build Change shared this wonderful news through their Facebook page. https://buildchange.org/locations/colombia/   For more information about Elizabeth’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2m0i9T1 #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2019.09.23
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RMS Honored with the Risk and Resilience Award RMS(Risk Management Solutions, Inc.) was honored with the Risk and Resilience award for its work with Build Change in Colombia at the British Insurance Awards. Managing Director of Capital and Resilience Solutions, Ben Brookes, commented on the recognition: "This award recognizes Build Change’s amazing work, and how RMS analytics helps drive understanding of resilience investments at all levels from local to national. As this initiative in Colombia shows, working together we can prove the effectiveness of retrofitting against earthquakes and demonstrate that focused structural planning can save both lives and money, for families, governments, and countries."   For more information about Elizabeth’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2kvnYHS #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2019.09.17
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Could We End Earthquake Deaths? Dr. Elizabeth Hausler’s father was a bricklayer, and she and her sister learned the trade starting as a young girl. Today, she works to prevent loss of life and property in earthquakes and hurricanes due to poorly built housing. Earlier this year, Elizabeth sat for an interview with Freethink Media to talk about how the root of the resilient housing crisis has to do with three things: money, technology, and people. Build Change addresses all three challenges and as a result, has already made over 300,000 people safer. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=398809050988415   For more information about Elizabeth’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2lIULcs #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2019.09.16
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Celebrating International Women in Engineering Day! International Women in Engineering Day was first launched in the UK by the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) to celebrate its 95th anniversary on June 23rd, 2014. The event has grown to international stature since 2017 largely due to the support of participants from the previous years. Elizabeth, being one of women involved engineering deeply herself for long, took the opportunity to celebrate those "MANY talented women engineers and construction professionals... who build disaster-resilient housing around the globe" with a thank you tweet. https://twitter.com/BuildChange/status/1142798656027942913   For more information about Elizabeth’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/2lIWQFg #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth
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2019.07.24
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The 2019 Call for Code Challenge On World Health Day (4/7), IBM announced the details of their "Call for Code" 2019 global challenge, seeking "practical, effective, and high-quality applications based on cloud, data, and artificial intelligence that can have an immediate and lasting impact on humanitarian issues." Build Change came in runner-up in last year’s challenge, which involved over 100,000 developers from 156 nations that built 2,500 apps with IBM Cloud Technology to reduce the impact of natural disasters. Build Change encourages all qualified organizations to participate in this year’s Call for Code for a chance to win the $200,000 prize and create a positive impact. For more information about Elizabeth’s projects, please visit our website, click here. https://bit.ly/32m1JoR #ANABLUEWING #elizabeth

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