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RE: GSBN:Ugandan building project

If you are looking at techniques to build with clay in formworks you could
check out www.sensaciones.de, they have done some interesting work.  As for
building ecovillages in thirld world, hot conditions, "Aureville" in India
is an excellent example. www.auroville.org They have work with methane gas
and solar energy extensively.


Rikki Nitzkin
Aul?s, Lleida, Espa?a
(0034)657 33 51 62 
www.casasdepaja.com (Red de Construcci?n con Balas de Paja)
> -----Mensaje original-----
> De: GSBN [<a  target="_blank" href="mailto:GSBN@...";>mailto:GSBN@...] En nombre de Ben
> Enviado el: jueves, 31 de agosto de 2006 21:55
> Para: GSBN
> Asunto: GSBN:Ugandan building project
> Hi All
> I have been asked to work on an orphanage in Central Uganda and am
> looking for any contacts on this list that are located (or do work) in
> the region.
> Briefly, a contractor I recently worked with told me his daughter and
> her husband work with Ugandan orphans. They have already procured a 100
> acres tract upon which to put the buildings. There is the possibility of
> an additional 300 acres of land being provided. Their current program is
> to build as self sustaining of a community as possible. As he (the
> contractor) explained, their hope is to purchase a block forming machine
> and produce the walls from local soils (perhaps w/ some sort of
> stabilizer added). They can fabricate roof trusses from local materials
> and will roof w/ corrugated metal. They have 2 existing wells on site
> and are working to have a small herd of cattle donated or purchased.
> They hope to create methane gas to use for energy.
> The people behind this appear (so far) to be dedicated and motivated.
> They have a non profit 501 c-3 in place and the person who has contacted
> me is a retired General Contractor who has previously experience
> building from local materials in less developed countries.
> Any thought, comments or interest will be greatly appreciated.
> Take Care
> Ben Obregon Architect
> Austin, TX USA