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United Earth Builders Progress Report — 4 Comments

  1. Hello!

    I came across your wonderful projects very recently. Quick synopsis, I am an undergraduate at UC Davis. I have been working on a project where we are attempting to implement cooling room technologies such as the “CoolBot” (http://storeitcold.com/) which is an attachment to a standard AC-unit to have it maintain cool-room viable temperatures for a pilot project that is currently being implemented in Nyanza, Kenya. The issue then becomes building the structures themselves, we were imagining a 6’x6’7′ structure. One of the things we have been experimenting with was potentially concrete mixed with rice to use it as building materials. However, I see you mentioning in this blog that deploying this kind of technology in developing countries has some complications without mechanical labor. I was hoping you could elaborate and share some insights with me on this thought based on your experience. Thank you!

    • Some communities work together just fine such as in Vanuatu (see previous blog posts on this site). Many others are reluctant to change. The existing building methods they’ve chosen have evolved over long periods of time and so people don’t want to change or learn new things sometimes. Many poor people are already busy doing laborious jobs for long hours. Building very small structures as you describe should be no problem though. Email me and I’ll guide you in the right direction. My email is at the top of the page.

  2. I wish they would build a small shed and smash a car into it for testing purposes. It wouldn’t cost much or take long with a machine like this, and it would be great for marketing. (Sorry, we need our car. Please ask someone else.)

    Let the plaster cure at least 30 days. Be sure to invite the building inspector, and video everything carefully from two angles.

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