Past editions Among the basic needs of humanity - food, clothing and shelter - our work embraces shelter. EcoSouth addresses the great housing deficit in southern countries. http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/74-edition-20-may-2006 2018-04-24T00:54:57+00:00 EcoSur: Concrete Roof Tiles, puzolanic cement, earth houses, ecomaterials paulcoyote@gmail.com Joomla! - Open Source Content Management New structure in the EcoSur website 2006-05-17T12:46:59+00:00 2006-05-17T12:46:59+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/74-edition-20-may-2006/320-new-structure-in-the-ecosur-website Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p><img width="141" hspace="10" height="30" border="0" align="right" alt="EcoSur e-magazine" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/e_magazine_logo.gif" />Starting today, what we used to call &ldquo;updates&rdquo; or &ldquo;news&rdquo; in the website, becomes <strong>EcoSur e-magazine</strong>. The design of the web site will change to give space to this new structure and dynamics, with the publishing of short-breaking news </p> <p>&nbsp;This on-line magazine will be published bi-monthly and will have articles and notes related to the EcoSur network projects and its local partners, the EcoMaterials technologies, its development and impacts, as well as scientific articles and technical sheets. The <strong>EcoSur e-magazine</strong> will also be available to be downloaded, printed and distributed.</p><p> We invite you to check our website often to see these changes. </p> <p><img width="141" hspace="10" height="30" border="0" align="right" alt="EcoSur e-magazine" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/e_magazine_logo.gif" />Starting today, what we used to call &ldquo;updates&rdquo; or &ldquo;news&rdquo; in the website, becomes <strong>EcoSur e-magazine</strong>. The design of the web site will change to give space to this new structure and dynamics, with the publishing of short-breaking news </p> <p>&nbsp;This on-line magazine will be published bi-monthly and will have articles and notes related to the EcoSur network projects and its local partners, the EcoMaterials technologies, its development and impacts, as well as scientific articles and technical sheets. The <strong>EcoSur e-magazine</strong> will also be available to be downloaded, printed and distributed.</p><p> We invite you to check our website often to see these changes. </p> Malacatoya, Nicaragua: technical sheet 2006-05-17T12:43:32+00:00 2006-05-17T12:43:32+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/74-edition-20-may-2006/319-malacatoya-nicaragua-technical-sheet Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p> <img width="150" hspace="10" height="150" border="0" align="right" title="Malacatoya, Nicaragua: technical sheet" alt="Malacatoya, Nicaragua: technical sheet" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/ago2004/sm_openhouse.jpg" />This document shows how the regional government and two local organizations gave an immediate, flexible and integrative response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua. Integration of all the actors of the process allowed to multiply resources and became a synergy that built more than was originally planned.<br /> A participative methodology was set up, and then, the future home owners decided the style, green areas and the distribution of the houses in the land. </p> <p> You can download this document from our <strong><a href="http://english.ecosur.org/index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=docclick&amp;Itemid=50&amp;bid=16&amp;limitstart=0&amp;limit=5">Publications</a></strong> section </p> <p> <img width="150" hspace="10" height="150" border="0" align="right" title="Malacatoya, Nicaragua: technical sheet" alt="Malacatoya, Nicaragua: technical sheet" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/ago2004/sm_openhouse.jpg" />This document shows how the regional government and two local organizations gave an immediate, flexible and integrative response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Mitch in Nicaragua. Integration of all the actors of the process allowed to multiply resources and became a synergy that built more than was originally planned.<br /> A participative methodology was set up, and then, the future home owners decided the style, green areas and the distribution of the houses in the land. </p> <p> You can download this document from our <strong><a href="http://english.ecosur.org/index.php?option=com_docman&amp;task=docclick&amp;Itemid=50&amp;bid=16&amp;limitstart=0&amp;limit=5">Publications</a></strong> section </p> Post-Tsunami cleverness 2006-05-17T12:39:30+00:00 2006-05-17T12:39:30+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/74-edition-20-may-2006/318-post-tsunami-cleverness Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p><img width="250" hspace="10" height="385" border="0" align="right" alt="Tsunami Cleverness" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/plasticos_001.jpg" /> To take the vibrated mortar from the vibrating table to the mould in the MCR production, you need a plastic film. This plastic sheet must be kept clean, and once in a while it has to be washed. </p> <p> Drying of the sheets often cause some difficulties: hangers that fall down, sheets damaged by winds, you have to use rocks or heavy objects to keep them in place&hellip; </p> <p> Orlando Espinosa, consultant and trainer of the EcoSur Network is actually in Sumatra for the post-tsunami reconstruction, giving technology transfer for MCR workshops. </p> <p> A very clever suggestion from Eng. Espinosa in the Sumatra workshops, is to hang the plastic sheets between two wires to safely get dryed. </p> <p> Little details like this sometimes are underestimated and can disturb operators and supervisors. Little clever solutions given by EcoSur consultants and specialists make life easier in MCR workshops. </p> <p><img width="250" hspace="10" height="385" border="0" align="right" alt="Tsunami Cleverness" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/plasticos_001.jpg" /> To take the vibrated mortar from the vibrating table to the mould in the MCR production, you need a plastic film. This plastic sheet must be kept clean, and once in a while it has to be washed. </p> <p> Drying of the sheets often cause some difficulties: hangers that fall down, sheets damaged by winds, you have to use rocks or heavy objects to keep them in place&hellip; </p> <p> Orlando Espinosa, consultant and trainer of the EcoSur Network is actually in Sumatra for the post-tsunami reconstruction, giving technology transfer for MCR workshops. </p> <p> A very clever suggestion from Eng. Espinosa in the Sumatra workshops, is to hang the plastic sheets between two wires to safely get dryed. </p> <p> Little details like this sometimes are underestimated and can disturb operators and supervisors. Little clever solutions given by EcoSur consultants and specialists make life easier in MCR workshops. </p> Research in improving fired clay bricks 2006-05-17T12:37:59+00:00 2006-05-17T12:37:59+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/74-edition-20-may-2006/317-research-in-improving-fired-clay-bricks Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p> In the small town of Chambo, 220 km south from Ecuador&rsquo;s capital city, Quito, the Cuban consultant of the EcoSur Network, Arch. Dania Betancourt is working in a research concerning adding of catalyzers in the earth and water mixture that is the raw material for fired clay bricks. This research is aimed to reduce the burning time and at the same time, improve the strength of the bricks. </p> <p> The town of Chambo produces almost all the bricks used in the region, in open top artisanals kilns that consumes big quantities of wood. <br /> This consultancy from Arch. Betancourt, that includes 15,000 catalyzer-added bricks, shows very promising results. </p> <p> When all the data collected has been processed, the adding of catalyzers will be implemented in the over 200 brick kilns in the area, reducing the deforestation rate in a great way, due to the reduction of wood consumption. </p> <p> Arch. Betancourt is a teacher of UCLV in Santa Clara, Cuba, and this research is part of hers pre-PhD work.<br /></p><div style="text-align: center"><img width="448" vspace="10" hspace="10" height="336" border="0" alt="Fired Clay Bricks in Chambo, Ecuador" title="Fired Clay Bricks in Chambo, Ecuador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/ladrillo.JPG" /></div> <br /><p>&nbsp;</p> <p> In the small town of Chambo, 220 km south from Ecuador&rsquo;s capital city, Quito, the Cuban consultant of the EcoSur Network, Arch. Dania Betancourt is working in a research concerning adding of catalyzers in the earth and water mixture that is the raw material for fired clay bricks. This research is aimed to reduce the burning time and at the same time, improve the strength of the bricks. </p> <p> The town of Chambo produces almost all the bricks used in the region, in open top artisanals kilns that consumes big quantities of wood. <br /> This consultancy from Arch. Betancourt, that includes 15,000 catalyzer-added bricks, shows very promising results. </p> <p> When all the data collected has been processed, the adding of catalyzers will be implemented in the over 200 brick kilns in the area, reducing the deforestation rate in a great way, due to the reduction of wood consumption. </p> <p> Arch. Betancourt is a teacher of UCLV in Santa Clara, Cuba, and this research is part of hers pre-PhD work.<br /></p><div style="text-align: center"><img width="448" vspace="10" hspace="10" height="336" border="0" alt="Fired Clay Bricks in Chambo, Ecuador" title="Fired Clay Bricks in Chambo, Ecuador" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/ladrillo.JPG" /></div> <br /><p>&nbsp;</p> First course in Campus EcoSur 2006-05-17T12:36:13+00:00 2006-05-17T12:36:13+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/74-edition-20-may-2006/316-first-course-in-campus-ecosur Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p> The virtual environment &ldquo;Campus EcoSur&rdquo; is now coaching the first virtual on-line course &ldquo;Introduction to the science and technologies of Earth Construction&rdquo;. </p> <p> Following the path about ecology and economy of the EcoSur network, this first course covers a wide range of themes, from the ecological footprint that is left on the planet, through economics in earth construction, to exercises of design and practical applications with earth. </p> <p> Students have had a high level of participation and discussion in the forums, and very interesting and motivating results have been achieved for future on-line courses. </p> <p> The course counts with 225 inscriptions from all over America, Europe and Africa. People attending virtual classes come from very different backgrounds, some related to the construction (architects, civil engineers, restorators) and people who only want to know something else about Earth Construction technologies.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div style="text-align: center"><img width="450" vspace="10" hspace="10" height="396" border="0" alt="www.campus.ecosur.org" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/eng_estadistica_profesiones_campus.gif" /></div> <br /><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> <p> The virtual environment &ldquo;Campus EcoSur&rdquo; is now coaching the first virtual on-line course &ldquo;Introduction to the science and technologies of Earth Construction&rdquo;. </p> <p> Following the path about ecology and economy of the EcoSur network, this first course covers a wide range of themes, from the ecological footprint that is left on the planet, through economics in earth construction, to exercises of design and practical applications with earth. </p> <p> Students have had a high level of participation and discussion in the forums, and very interesting and motivating results have been achieved for future on-line courses. </p> <p> The course counts with 225 inscriptions from all over America, Europe and Africa. People attending virtual classes come from very different backgrounds, some related to the construction (architects, civil engineers, restorators) and people who only want to know something else about Earth Construction technologies.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><div style="text-align: center"><img width="450" vspace="10" hspace="10" height="396" border="0" alt="www.campus.ecosur.org" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/eng_estadistica_profesiones_campus.gif" /></div> <br /><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> A pyroclastic material 2006-05-17T12:30:58+00:00 2006-05-17T12:30:58+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/74-edition-20-may-2006/315-a-pyroclastic-material Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p><img width="260" hspace="10" height="183" border="0" align="right" alt="Earth: a pyroclastic material" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/sm_material_piroclastico.jpg" /> When you present a construction system based on a metal reticulated structure and combined with earth, you will definitely need some sort of approval by an insurance company in order to finance the construction... </p> <p> For the insurance evaluator this combination of materials is simply unthinkeable... but maybe he would view it differently if you would substitute the word &ldquo;earth&rdquo; with the following definition: </p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <p> &quot;A pyroclastic material, which due to its origen and the characteristics of its deposition and cooling presents an amorphous structure... And as it is formed basically by Silicio (Si), Aluminio (Al) and iron (Fe), when combined in a very delicate form with calcium hidroxide in the presence of H2O and, if possible, combined with some heat... produces the formation of silicate-aluminates... which produces in this material, physical characteristics and mechanical properties of considerable structural strength... while at the same time improves its lifespan and other engineering characteristics&quot; </p> </blockquote> </blockquote> <p> Most likely, the evaluator will not understand anything, but definitely he will not have the same impression as if he had heard the word &ldquo;earth&rdquo; </p> <p> &nbsp;This is only one example to show that &ldquo;earth&rdquo; is not simply this brown, yellow or black material, which often is associated (with great indifference) with the poorest of the poor&hellip;..&rdquo;earth&rdquo; could have a much wider significance! </p> <p><img width="260" hspace="10" height="183" border="0" align="right" alt="Earth: a pyroclastic material" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/sm_material_piroclastico.jpg" /> When you present a construction system based on a metal reticulated structure and combined with earth, you will definitely need some sort of approval by an insurance company in order to finance the construction... </p> <p> For the insurance evaluator this combination of materials is simply unthinkeable... but maybe he would view it differently if you would substitute the word &ldquo;earth&rdquo; with the following definition: </p> <blockquote> <blockquote> <p> &quot;A pyroclastic material, which due to its origen and the characteristics of its deposition and cooling presents an amorphous structure... And as it is formed basically by Silicio (Si), Aluminio (Al) and iron (Fe), when combined in a very delicate form with calcium hidroxide in the presence of H2O and, if possible, combined with some heat... produces the formation of silicate-aluminates... which produces in this material, physical characteristics and mechanical properties of considerable structural strength... while at the same time improves its lifespan and other engineering characteristics&quot; </p> </blockquote> </blockquote> <p> Most likely, the evaluator will not understand anything, but definitely he will not have the same impression as if he had heard the word &ldquo;earth&rdquo; </p> <p> &nbsp;This is only one example to show that &ldquo;earth&rdquo; is not simply this brown, yellow or black material, which often is associated (with great indifference) with the poorest of the poor&hellip;..&rdquo;earth&rdquo; could have a much wider significance! </p> Celebration of 20th. Anniversary 2006-05-17T12:27:03+00:00 2006-05-17T12:27:03+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/74-edition-20-may-2006/314-celebration-of-20th-anniversary Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p><img width="150" hspace="10" height="150" border="0" align="right" alt="Min Jim&eacute;nez" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/sm_min.jpg" /> Min Jimenez started with Sofon&iacute;as 20 years ago as a tile maker in Rivas, Nicaragua. In this field he is recognized as one of the most experienced and talented. He has taught the skills of making MicroConcrete Roofing tiles in countries like Guatemala and El Salvador and in countless occasions at the EcoMateriales workshop in Diriamba, Nicaragua. </p> <p> His talent as a &ldquo;teacher&rdquo; and his general knowledge in construction has lead him to supervise and teach the mason apprentices in the housing project in Diriamba. </p> <p> He is proud of the work he has been developing over the last twenty years and has gained the respect of everybody with his charming way. </p> <p> Grupo Sofon&iacute;as and the EcoSouth Network would like to thank Min for his effort in all these years! </p> <p><img width="150" hspace="10" height="150" border="0" align="right" alt="Min Jim&eacute;nez" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/sm_min.jpg" /> Min Jimenez started with Sofon&iacute;as 20 years ago as a tile maker in Rivas, Nicaragua. In this field he is recognized as one of the most experienced and talented. He has taught the skills of making MicroConcrete Roofing tiles in countries like Guatemala and El Salvador and in countless occasions at the EcoMateriales workshop in Diriamba, Nicaragua. </p> <p> His talent as a &ldquo;teacher&rdquo; and his general knowledge in construction has lead him to supervise and teach the mason apprentices in the housing project in Diriamba. </p> <p> He is proud of the work he has been developing over the last twenty years and has gained the respect of everybody with his charming way. </p> <p> Grupo Sofon&iacute;as and the EcoSouth Network would like to thank Min for his effort in all these years! </p> Hurricane-proof roofs 2006-05-17T12:23:46+00:00 2006-05-17T12:23:46+00:00 http://english.ecosur.org/index.php/past-editions-e-magazine-285/74-edition-20-may-2006/313-hurricane-proof-roofs Administrator paulmoreno@gmail.com <p><img width="150" hspace="10" height="150" border="0" align="right" alt="Sagua La Grande house" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/sagua.jpg" /> With this suggestive title, the Inter Press Services news agency published an article in its web site that treats the use of Ecomaterials in the zone of Sagua, Cuba,&nbsp; a project aimed to improve the level of life in a zone with recurring hurricanes </p> <p> Thousand of families in Cuba and other countries in the Caribbean and Central America live in anxiety, whether for lack of resources or because of the fragility of the zones to resist hurricane winds. The inhabitants of the zone remember that, in 2001, Hurricane Michelle whipped through this area with winds up to 280 kilometers per hour, and that destroyed dozens of buildings. Nevertheless, 21 families already had MicroConcrete Roofing tiles installed, and they had no harm in the roofs. </p> <p> The whole reflects the role of projects supports by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). An excerpt from the article is featured in this update. </p> <p><img width="150" hspace="10" height="150" border="0" align="right" alt="Sagua La Grande house" src="http://www.ecosur.org/images/stories/may2006/sagua.jpg" /> With this suggestive title, the Inter Press Services news agency published an article in its web site that treats the use of Ecomaterials in the zone of Sagua, Cuba,&nbsp; a project aimed to improve the level of life in a zone with recurring hurricanes </p> <p> Thousand of families in Cuba and other countries in the Caribbean and Central America live in anxiety, whether for lack of resources or because of the fragility of the zones to resist hurricane winds. The inhabitants of the zone remember that, in 2001, Hurricane Michelle whipped through this area with winds up to 280 kilometers per hour, and that destroyed dozens of buildings. Nevertheless, 21 families already had MicroConcrete Roofing tiles installed, and they had no harm in the roofs. </p> <p> The whole reflects the role of projects supports by Swiss Development Cooperation (SDC). An excerpt from the article is featured in this update. </p>