“The previous construction experience in Community Health Centre and Community Centre Buildings became a great source of learning for JVF-Nepal. It was from these construction experiences that the architect started exploring best-suited technology for the site location and opted for Earthbag Technology instead of the traditional construction method. Ar. Magar utilized his Australian stay in 2013 to learn the environment-friendly, fast construction and low-cost building technique, Earthbaag technology that seemed appropriate for the new school building in Jhumlawang.
It is a pride for JVF-Nepal to introduce and implement new building technique which is natural building type, and also best suited for the project site. The Earthbag technology was specifically suitable for the project due to following site conditions:
1. There is no stone-query close to the project site that would increase the cost of the project if carried from a long distance; however this technology does not involve mason work.
2. Soil excavation was required in the site thus the technology would use the on-site soil for construction in spite of stones.
3. This technology would complete the school building in lesser time than traditional technique that would minimize the cost of the project and also lessen the burden of the community contribution.
4. Since the community members would be engaged in the work, this technology is simple, flexible to modify and easy to learn which would easily involve any member in the construction work.
5. This technology is resistant to harsh climatic condition which would be able to resist the chilly weather of the village.
The new technology introduced in the community has fascinated and inspired the locals in construction technique. The same effect has reached the neighboring villages and even district authorities who are enthusiastic to visit the building and learn about the new technology. During the construction of the school building, Ar. Magar not only supervised the building construction but also trained the community people about the technical know-how and the benefits of the new technology.”
Building is almost completed: April, 2015