University of Nevada, Reno used their earthquake simulation table to subject a straw house designed and built by civil engineer Darcey Donovan to an 82-ton-force, but the straw house would not come down.
The March 27th test subject was a full-scale, 200 SF straw house, including a gravel foundation and clay plaster walls. It was subjected forces more than twice the greatest ground acceleration ever measured.
In the end, Donovan’s house cracked at the seams and sent out a small cloud of dust, but it remained standing.
Donovan is founder/CEO of the non-profit Pakistan Straw Bale and Appropriate Building (PAKSBAB) organization.
Sustainable Straw Bales Survive Earthquake Test
1. Sustainable Straw Housing - Incorporating straw bales in construction for earthquake-resistant buildings.
2. Green Building Materials - Exploring eco-friendly materials like clay plaster for resilient structures.
3. Disaster-resilient Housing - Developing innovative building techniques to withstand natural disasters like earthquakes.
1. Construction - Opportunity for construction companies to integrate sustainable materials and practices.
2. Architecture - Architects can innovate by designing earthquake-resistant structures using unconventional materials like straw bales.
3. Non-profit Sector - Non-profit organizations can promote and support the use of sustainable building techniques to help communities in disaster-prone areas.