Appropriate Rebuilding with Minimal External Aid



Earth (soil) lime and/or cement (stabilizer) is compressed to form Stabilized Earth Blocks or SEB. Everything that possibly can be built by Concrete Masonry Blocks (CMU) or classic Bricks (Burnt Clay) could be accomplished by SEB in accordance with Building Standards Storm and Seismic Codes. Click on embedded hyperlinks to review details. Images: SEB production and buildings built with SEB. Stabilized Brick-Mortars perform well for new innovative buildings or incorporating existing footing/roofing, retrofitting/repairs. Soil is compressed with simple machines (while available debris, ashes and waste could be combined) Lime as stabilizer effectively replaces Cement. Its Hydrated ‘Quick Lime’ made by burning (by charcoal etc) crude Limestone. All required ingredients abundantly mined and utilized in Haiti; conditions are exceptionally suitable for individual/industrial SEB production. Sustainable Building Market Transformation for Haiti: Switch from CMU to SEB as requisite building component. Sizing SEB small, like bricks (approx 9"X4"X3" - 3.5 KG) increases participation and vastly reduces casualty from heavy blocks. Rebuilding of Mayotte- a French speaking African Island is especially relevant for Haiti along with Grameen Bank Micro Finance, SPARC Cooperative Housing and Toilets, UN ‘Sites and Services’ Best Practices Approach. SEB make solid permanent structures and catalyze indigenous building where external money, materials, machinery, management and monitoring minimized> Emissions, Water, Energy and Effort optimized> unskilled jobs and volunteering maximized while Organizations or Individuals can tailor interventions to help towards a habitat that is responsive to peoples capacity and socio-economical environment.

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