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After Pakistan was devastated by an earthquake in 2005, Darcey Donovan, an engineer in California, pursued designs for quake-resistant homes using local materials. The result was a straw-bale building. It withstood substantial shaking in tests at the University of Nevada, Reno.

One Response to “Straw Building Passes Quake Test”

  1. Darren J. Doherty


    Interesting Geoff…some Chilean clients of ours suffered a 8+ quake a couple of years back (that went on for minutes) and many of the traditional adobe structures on their large holding were damaged severely or destroyed completely. Their relatively new strawbale however had some surface cracking to the internal mud render…

    All the best,

    Darren Doherty


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