“Using glass bottles to build a better future”
We employ natural building methods for many of its structures, including a cottage, a community library, and a kindergarten. This eco-building method was developed in 2010 as a solution to the outdated and environmentally unfriendly building methods seen everywhere in Nepal. Many buildings use brittle concrete, which is costly and inefficient to manufacture in terms of energy. Also, Nepal is a country prone to earthquakes, and these structures are easily damaged.
Our approach to architecture is to build with what is at hand. Building materials are all natural or recycled products that are locally available. The structures are made from a bamboo frame, thatched roof, and walls from natural plaster and glass bottles. The plaster is made using shredded recycled paper, clay, sand, straw, and cow manure. Glass bottles, which would otherwise be disposed of in the streets, are recycled to serve as bricks which are both strong and decorative. As a result, these eco-buildings are much cheaper to construct, and follow a flexible structural system which will sway but less likely to break during an earthquake.
As an improvement to the houses built after the earthquake, we have started incorporating car tires in the base of each structure. This allows a greater use for the tires which pollute the land and rivers of the area while also increasing the stability of the homes.
3 bottle building houses have been completed in Dhading in addition to a water tank which provides clean water to 425 students and the surrounding community. The current project in Dhading is a model bottle building which will serve as a community library. Construction is underway and will be inaugurated in November 2016. The foundation is very happy with the development of construction in Dhading.
Villagers and guests from all over the world are welcome to learn this approach to natural building using recycled materials. We are pleased to have overwhelming support for this project and have seen it adopted in many communities inside and outside of Kathmandu.