“Earthbag is an affordable and earthquake safe building method for Nepal, says Animal Nepal. The animal welfare agency was pleasantly surprised when its earthbag/adobe shelter did not sustain a single crack during the earthquakes that hit Nepal in April and May.
The concept behind the eco-friendly shelter was to offer an alternative to using ‘blood bricks’ (the number one polluters of the Kathmandu Valley), because of the inhumane situations in the brick industry. Coordinated by programme manager Suraj Thapa, overseer Norbu Kalden and engineering student Stefan Klaseboer, the building was constructed using the earthbag and adobe technique. Read a detailed report on the construction of this unique shelter by Stefan Klaseboer here.
The building has lived up to all expectations. Animal Nepal promotes earthbags as a safe and sustainable building method in Nepal.”