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  • Felix Wunderts

    Dear Mr. Harvey

    I am a graduate student of the Centre of Alternative Technology in Wales currently writing my final thesis as partial fulfilment of
    the MSc Sustainability and Adaptation which is due in the end of June 2016.

    The aim of my thesis is to propose a criteria-set for selecting construction materials in Nepal. The criteria touch upon four sustainability spheres: environment, economy, society and politics. Additionally, since Nepal is prone to earthquakes, seismic resistance of construction materials plays a major role as well.

    I came across Ubuntu Blox and have to say that I really like the idea and want to propose it in my thesis as alternative material. On youtube I found a video about the seismic resistance of houses constructed with Ubuntu. Could you please direct me to articles/ sources which discuss physical properties and footprint of Ubuntu?

    Your help would be very much appreciated.

    I am looking forward to hearing from you and remain,

    With kind regards from Berlin
    Felix Drewes

    • Hi Felix, you are correct that Ubuntublox has been tested and proven to be exceptional during seismic events. A search of Vimeo and YouTube will give you some great videos about Ubuntublox. Keep in mind the search terms might be Ubuntublox, Ubuntu Blox, or Harvey Lacey.

      On Facebook we have an Ubuntublox page and we also have a page about Nepal under Ubuntublox Institute. When we first created the Ubuntublox Institute page I submitted some ideas based upon the Ubuntublox concept, using what is available in the simplest and most effective manner.

      If you friend me on Facebook I can hook you up with Patrick who is either from Australia or GB and has made steel Ubuntublox machines in Viet Nam is producing wood machines in Malasia. Joseph Stodgel of Ecobrick fame has some great videos up there about building the Ubuntublox machines out of wood, even used pallets. Thanks, harvey

      • Richard Fallis

        How do these buildings come up to code in the US and Canada? What is the cost of the machine(s) to create these blocks?

        • Huni Buni

          There are natural and eco friendly ways to build such as these that are “not up to code” but are superior to “code compliant” buildings. Similar to how there are natural ways to heal that are not supported by big pharma. Perhaps the codes are a hurtle to do away with or change rather than trying to fit natural and eco friendly building methods into them. Synthetic cannabis for example, has negative side effects, the natural stuff…doesn’t. Forget codes 😀 nothing but pomp and fictional dogma over complicating the simple.

      • RebellionQuasher

        Also would be very interested in making plastic presses to give the locals for renewable construction projects that could clean plastic waste from the beaches in Yucatan.

  • lili

    It’s a project from canonical Ubuntu?