[Sbse] SBSE Digest, Vol 136, Issue 15
fmeggers at princeton.edu
Mon Feb 25 22:57:52 PST 2019
Prof Dirk Hebel also did some interlocking PET bottles for some projects at
ETH, which might be a good reference. Unfortunately, the project stopped -
company branding turned out to be more powerful than function so no
companies were interested in trying to sell their bottles in that shape.
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On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 4:33 PM John Motloch <jmotloch at gmail.com> wrote:
> You might want to contact Dr. Pedro Pacheco, architect in Monterrey, MX.
> He does many community-based and waste-based projects. About 10 years ago
> when I was visiting with him, he walked me to this neighborhood park. He
> motivated kids in the park to collect bottles, then mixed some cement and
> built a serpentine bench with the kids. It was a fun afternoon; and the
> kids took cognitive ownership of the wall which kept it from being
> destroyed for quite a while.
> On Mon, Feb 25, 2019 at 4:24 PM R Lorch <richard at rlorch.net> wrote:
>> 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.
>> 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
>> Kind regards,
>> On 25 Feb 2019, at 20:00, sbse-request at uidaho.edu wrote:
>> *From: *Rupesh Shrestha <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
>> 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
>> 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
>> Below are the links to:-
>> 1) Brochure of bottle house
>> 2) few pictures of the workshop and practical session
>> 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,
>> Kathmandu, Nepal
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