Professor’s low-cost school retrofit appears to have worked

July 6, 2015 by  
Filed under Curated Topics, School Buildings

A structural engineering professor at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological Institute has been implementing a low-cost retrofit for schools in SE Asia.

“In Nepal, for instance, six school buildings which had their beam and column structures wrapped with low-cost materials like wire mesh and glass fibre withstood April’s 7.8-magnitude earthquake.

“Student Laxmi Thapa, 17, who studies at one of the schools – Kanya Mandir Higher Secondary School in Kathmandu – said her family of nine is staying at a temporary shelter there. Hers is among the 30 families there.

“‘After the earthquake, my family and others whose houses were not usable also used our school as a shelter. Our school is seismic resistant and we feel safe.'”

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