Performance of Earthbag Schools

June 8, 2015 by  
Filed under Curated Topics, School Buildings

Schools constructed with earthbag technology have been reported to have good performance in the Nepal earthquake and subsequent aftershocks.
http://www.myrepublica.com/t20/item/22302-earthbag-school-buildings-proved-effective-and-safe-during-quakes.html

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source: http://www.myrepublica.com/t20/item/22302-earthbag-school-buildings-proved-effective-and-safe-during-quakes.html

The construction techniques are well detailed here: http://earthbagbuilding.com/projects/nepalschool.htm
Bags filled with excavated soil are layered on top of a stone and cement foundation. A concrete ring beam is cast at the top and anchored into the earthbag wall.

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Construction of school in the village of Phuleli, located in the Solukhumbu District of Nepal 6″ rebar-reinforced concrete ringbeam with #4 rebar, source: http://earthbagbuilding.com/projects/nepalschool.htm

First Steps Himalaya’s earthbag school.

A cooperative from New Zealand has also been constructing earthbag schools and reports good performance in the quake.  They have plans to build at least 35 more classrooms. (Source)

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