World Housing Encyclopedia and Build-Change

Posted by cdj On February - 1 - 2013

This example of popular, light concrete, gravity framed housing in Colombia is very vulnerable to earthquake shaking or hillslides -- (photo and linked report from image: Luis G. Mejia)

The World Housing Encyclopedia (WHE – multi-criteria search form), a collection of resources related to different housing construction practices in many seismically active areas of the world, attempts to encourage the use of earthquake-resistant housing technologies. Recently, the encyclopedia managers, the Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) and the Global Earthquake Model (GEM) published this request for assistance from knowledgeable builders, architects and engineers-

The Global Earthquake Model and the World Housing Encyclopedia need your expertise to improve our understanding of the global building stock. You can do this by describing a building or building type in your country using a tool GEM has developed, called TaxT. Your participation will assist GEM in generating a comprehensive, global building taxonomy and further the science of seismic risk reduction. EERI intends to publish, after review, many of these short reports on the WHE website and GEM will also share outcomes. To read about and download the TaxT report form or visit – “”.

BuildChange, an international, non-profit social enterprise that designs earthquake-resistant houses in developing countries and trains local builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them may offer at least part of a solution to the recurring problem of seismically, unresistant housing located in seismically vulnerable countries of limited resources.

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