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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?

  • Eliana Peralta

    My name is Eliana Peralta Aquino and I am from Dominican Republic. Currently I am doing a Master in Newcastle University in England. I am doing some research for my final project in social housing in Haiti with waste materials in order to create a sustainable panel which is economic and affordable, and help reduce waste in Port au Prince specifically. This idea came because of the amount of trash yearly which is 10,000 million tons and more after I visit Haiti and saw all the foam available in the streets and the lack of acquisition of people in vulnerable areas. Even tough Haiti have received a lot of help since the earthquake I believe the solution for a earthquake resistant and hurricane proof house is not concrete, that without saying that the carbon emissions for concrete production is very high as well.

    I have read about Ubuntublox In a book called Building with waste, and also I had the opportunity to visit the Ubuntublox house in Haiti Comunitaire on March 2017. I would like to know more about this system, specially the acceptance from the people in the city, the amount of foam per block, and more.

    Hoping hearing from you,

    Kind regards,

    Eliana Peralta
    MSc. Student
    Sustainable buildings and environments,

    • Hi Eliana – what is your email address?