[Sbse] SBSE Digest, Vol 136, Issue 15

R Lorch richard at rlorch.net
Mon Feb 25 13:24:28 PST 2019

Hi Rupesh,

Thanks for sharing this - it’s a fascinating project.  

About 50 years ago, there was a project using disposable glass beer bottles to build houses as an alternative to bricks.  The glass beer  bottles were re-designed to be interlocked together.  I believe it was an experiment that Heineken beer was involved in.  Architectural writer and critic Martin Pawley was reignited interest in the project with his book in 1975(?) entitled Garbage Housing.  

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-heineken-bottles-were-square-62138490/ <https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/when-heineken-bottles-were-square-62138490/> 

https://inhabitat.com/heineken-wobo-the-brick-that-holds-beer/ <https://inhabitat.com/heineken-wobo-the-brick-that-holds-beer/>

It’s certainly time to revisit (and update) these ideas.

My questions for you are: What is the durability of PET bottles?  How will UV, freeze-thaw cycles and other environmental factors affect its durability?  Are you planning to build a house and monitor it during occupation?

Kind regards,


> On 25 Feb 2019, at 20:00, sbse-request at uidaho.edu wrote:
> From: Rupesh Shrestha <rupeshshrestha2005 at gmail.com <mailto:rupeshshrestha2005 at gmail.com>>
> Subject: [Sbse] Bottle house construction at Kavre, Nepal
> Date: 25 February 2019 at 18:45:33 GMT
> To: sbse at uidaho.edu <mailto:sbse at uidaho.edu>
> Dear SBSE'rs,
> Greetings from Kathmandu ! I would like to share about a project I recently completed called "Bottle house". 
> What is a bottle house?
> Bottle house is a building construction technology which is a cost-effective, environmentally-friendly alternative to conventional building bricks. The house built up by waste Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) plastic bottles filled with sand or soil as a building unit for eco-sustainability.
> A student workshop was conducted for disseminating knowledge about this technology. Students then volunteered in construction of this house which is made for a earthquake affected family. Students are from Architecture / engineering college in Kathmandu.  The idea was to involve students during actual construction so that students can benefit in following ways:-
> - Working with community as a volunteer
> - Exposure in sustainable building construction technology sector
> - Leadership development
> - Outside the class learning experience in post-disaster reconstruction setup
> Below are the links to:-
> 1) Brochure of bottle house 
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nb5utx24V_Lh80tXGVmt8UbQR0o4HGXq/view?usp=sharing <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nb5utx24V_Lh80tXGVmt8UbQR0o4HGXq/view?usp=sharing>
> 2) few pictures of the workshop and practical session
> https://drive.google.com/file/d/1loCwowIOeFVhmf6MHSHN1t-g-k_A5ZLZ/view?usp=sharing <https://drive.google.com/file/d/1loCwowIOeFVhmf6MHSHN1t-g-k_A5ZLZ/view?usp=sharing>
> Your comments and suggestions in this regard will be highly appreciated and always will be well received ! 
> Thank you and I wish you a pleasant time ahead. 
> Best regards,
> Rupesh
> Kathmandu, Nepal

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