Past editions Tue, 23 Oct 2018 09:02:37 +0000 Joomla! - Open Source Content Management en-gb (EcoSur: Concrete Roof Tiles, puzolanic cement, earth houses, ecomaterials) MCR premiere in industrial sector in Dhaka Peter Arndt    

As a consultant from the ECOSouth Network I visited the NGO DUS-Bangladesh in January of this year. On this occasion I had the opportunity to attend some meetings between DUS-Bangladesh and Diran Insulator Factory Ltd. Diran had planned to construct a factory and roof it with MCR-tiles (2500 square meters). As MCR technology is relatively unknown in Bangladesh, DUS-Bangladesh and ECOSouth were asked to build the roof. Together Prof. Nolasco Ruiz and I worked out the design of the building and the quotation.

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An Update from El Salvador Marcelino Castro   

Las Mélidas – Certificates of Quality
On visits to nine MCR workshops, eight of which pertain to the Women´s Association “Las Mélidas”, five qualified for ECOSouth Certificates of Quality. The new workshops have the normal problems of beginners. Another workshop simply is notorious for its lack of interest in taking care of the equipment and tools.

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SOFONic – The focuses of their work (part 3) Oxana Delgadillo & Livio Gonzalez   

"Remember, we have not inherited the world from our ancestors, rather, we have received it on loan from our children"

We seek to adapt new technologies that foster soil improvement with the aim of environmental protection. Focuses include symbiotic planting of sorghum and sesame, use of organic fertilizers, integrated management of plagues, conservation of soil and water, fencing with plants, building of irrigation ditches, alternating pastures, and improved breeding of livestock. Energy-producing forests are complemented by means to guarantee wise use of firewood through improved cooking stoves.

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Making tiles is like making tortillas: MCR tile course in Guatemala Martin Melendez   

During the last weeks of August, German Jiménez trained twenty women from the community of San José Argueta in Solola, Guatemala in various aspects of MCR production. The training includes themes such as preparation of the mixture, fabrication of the tiles, curing, quality control, and placing tiles on the roof.

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Tech Museum Awards Finalists (Administrator) September 2003 (II) Thu, 06 Jan 2005 14:21:13 +0000 News - September 2003 (II) Community center respects traditional materials
The community of Molobog, on the foothills of the Chimborazo Volcano, recently terminated the construction of a community center. With foundations of rocks and cement, walls of adobe, and a roof of Micro Concrete Roofing tiles, a model has been made that will be replicated in the construction of their houses. They have respected the customs and traditional materials, but have improved the construction techniques to improve security in cases of earthquakes.

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Laboratory for quality control of MCR tiles
Quality control of tiles is necessary in order to have a good product. ECOSouth encourages producers to carry out several basic tests, such as load bearing, impact, correct form, impermeability. Some larger workshops, such as Ecomaterials in Nicaragua, even have a separate “laboratory” and a person engaged to carry out the tests.

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Pan y Arte honored
An honor and pleasure goes to Pan y Arte as its director of the Casa de los Tres Mundos in Granada, Nicaragua, received the renowned “Eduard-Ploer-Preis” for Development Cooperation in Austria. The jury drew attention to the initiative and personal engagement of Dieter Stadler in the construction of the new settlement of Malacatoya. Well-known Austrian actor, Dietmar Schönherr, (right) who founded Pan y Arte and the Casa de los Tres Mundos, as a means of bringing culture to the Nicaraguan people, appears together with the award winner.

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