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We have invented a type of shelter which is very cheap. 400Euros to construct, (Spanish prices)
They are very fast ten people with minimal skills can construct one in a single day. A village of people could construct a small village in a day. They can be constructed weith minimal tools and just a single generator. The method can be taught in a morning and then people can build their own houses very fast.
The constructions are dome shaped. Domes are the strongest structures and are built as Earthquake proof. They are adaptable to all climates, being highly insulated for mountainous conditions or being partly within the Earth for desert conditions. They are flood proof too. The prototype we constructed in a single day used rubbish in construction including old fishing nets, paper and cardboard, old curtains, fabrics and curtains can be used in the design. The material we used to add strength is hemp, lime and straw. It is possible to use cement and I believe mud too. Generally in construction there is the concrete and steel rule. Ie use cement and reinforce with steel. This works the same with hemp and lime and steel or even with wattle and dorb. So I would suggest reinforcing the mortar with fibres. Also I would suggest using the method we have used in our proototype to produce domes. The reason is that domes will add strength to the structure. The type of bubble homes we have developed are ideal for Nepal. We are currently planning a crowd funding campaign to go to Nepal and to apply the new method of aid shelter construction we have developed. I am very interested in making contacts in Nepal with organisations which can help us facilitate this project and provide some sample homes constructed in the Bubble home way. If anyone can provide assistance with this for us, it would be much appreciated. I did try to upload photos here, however was unable too. If anyone would like to see photos of the prototype then I would be able to forward them.
Peter Hughes- Centre for Natural design and innovation- Almeria & abigstrategy.com