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Samarpan Foundation to present ecological earthquake-resistant construction technology at UN HQ in NY

by Samarpan Foundation

1 September 2015

Samarpan Foundation is to present ecological earthquake-resistant construction technology at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The presentation will be made to the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI) symposium, September 11, 2015.

Samarpan Foundation, a NGO founded in India in 2006 with a vision to shed light even in the darkest corners, providing support and assistance of any kind where there is a humanitarian, ecological, environmental and animal-welfare need, will present a method of building which is proven to withstand earthquakes up to 9.8 on the Richter scale.

Samarpan Foundation Chairman, Mr Patrick San Francesco, will present his Fishnet and PET Bottle construction method to the United Nations Academic Impact symposium in New York on September 11, 2015.

Mr San Francesco will present his ecologically unique construction method to an international panel exploring skills and technology and how they are accelerating rapid transformation especially in anticipating, and responding to, disasters.

His presentation entitled "Rebuild it Better: Construction From Recycled Plastic Bottles Proven to Withstand 9.8 Earthquake" will discuss the ecologically friendly construction method using Nylon-6 Fishnet to replace steel within the structural slab and recycled PET Bottles packed with earth to replace conventional baked bricks. This method of construction replaces steel to build dwellings in remote and difficult circumstances, and in disaster areas.

Regionally adaptable, the construction method is proven to withstand earthquakes up to 9.8 on the Richter scale and has been tested for certification by the Structural Engineering Research Centre, a constituent of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research in India. The structure, when tested within the laboratory, withstood 18 simulated earthquakes ranging from 1.56 to 9.8 on the Richter scale.

This unique construction method provides impoverished communities and disaster areas with the opportunity to construct affordable dwellings, recycle waste and create sustainable futures.

The presentation can be viewed live September 11th New York (EDT) 10.30AM at http://webtv.un.org. 

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