Sustainable Safe Construction
One of the primary re-building techniques that became popular in Nepal following the 2015 earthquake was a technology called “earth-bagging”. When properly implemented, this earthbag building system is widely considered to be extremely earthquake-resistant, simple, inexpensive, well-insulated and environmentally-sensitive.
KarmaFlights ran a free-to-all “earth-bagging” workshop beginning in November 2015, the first of its kind in Pokhara. The workshop was implemented at the Karma Flights headquarters and enabled participants to learn about this unique building technique. The project also served as a ‘hands-on’ means of determining whether the technique would be feasible for wider application in Karma Flights’ larger school reconstruction projects.
Have a look to see step-by-step how this unique project unfolded!
The completed Earthbag Community Center is now a flagship example of the earthbag technique, and is open for public viewing. We invite anyone interested in learning about this methodology to stop by and have a look for themselves. The structure is now primarily used as a nursery, Nepali-language school and meeting venue.
(*The government of Nepal has since approved a limited number of traditional building designs for school construction, and KarmaFlights has adhered to these regulations for their school rebuilding projects.)