Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Earthquake: Time for the Paper Tube House
I love this concept. With a good roof, there are plans to make permanent housing this way in severe earthquake country. I've thought a lot about what can be done in these very remote regions. Obviously, piling rock and mud has not proven successful! Each mountain valley might only get hit every few decades, but in aggregate, they get hit all the time.
The house is put together by resin-treated paper tubes. Paper can be stuffed in the tubes for more insulation, and you can double-tube. I think it's better than tents.
It remains to be seen whether these things can be permanent for the mountain dwellers. Or some other method needs to be developed.