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Offline Palawan Aussie

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Superadobe Homes
« on: November 20, 2013, 11:01:58 PM »
Superadobe Houses’ for Coron, Palawan

By Phoebe Jen Indino, November 18, 2013 (snip)

Coron, Palawan — With over 3,000 houses in this town destroyed by super-typhoon Yolanda, Coron Mayor Clara Reyes is eyeing the construction of “superadobe houses” strong and resilient to monster storms.

“Superadobe” is a form of earthbag construction “brick” that was developed by Iranian architect Nader Khalili. The technique uses layered tubes or bags filled with adobe, sand etc etc to form a compression structure.

(Long plastic tubes are filled with cement etc, and laid on top of each other, with barbed wire between providing friction and reinforcement, then rendered. They can be square, dome, etc, etc)

Reyes came up with the idea because Coron has rich sand deposits needed in making superadobe.

The mayor now considers the reconstruction of damaged houses as her main priority after gaining headway in the distribution of relief goods. Tourist destinations have already been cleared of debris, Reyes added.

Of the 10,161 houses in Coron as listed in December 2012, she said 3,334 were totally wrecked while another 6,521 were partially damaged.

"Superadobe buildings are made with self-supporting sandbags wound in a coil or laid like big bricks. The sandbags are mildly reinforced with barbed wire and finished in stucco. Some incorporate chimneylike "wind catchers" for cooling and solar panels.

Superadobe construction is strong, cheap and fast. (With a pump, sandbags can be filled at a rate of 10 to 15 feet a minute.) And because it requires relatively little skill, Mr. Khalili maintains that it can be used in the third world as well as by Americans trying to avoid a high-consumption life style." Ref:
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Offline Gray Wolf

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Re: Superadobe Homes
« Reply #1 on: November 21, 2013, 12:09:31 AM »
I've thought of these as a way to inexpensively house those affected by Yolanda.  The design is limited only by one's imagination.
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Offline Art, just a re(tired) Fil-Am

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Re: Superadobe Homes
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2013, 12:50:57 AM »
Dome homes in the Philippines would be of unusual unappealing looking structure IMHO!
On the Island of Guam, most current home builds are of single level structure with steel
reinforced solid cement walls and a flat angled roof with metal window storm shutters due
to the constant hurricane strength winds!
See pic below of a tornado/hurricane proof home which is more appealing to the eye and
yet sturdy from any adverse weather as long one builds on high ground not susceptible
to flooding!
No one has to live in a home that looks like it was built for a hobbit unless that's what one
really wants to live in!
« Last Edit: November 21, 2013, 05:46:27 PM by Art Re(tired) Fil/Am »
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Offline BingColin

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Re: Superadobe Homes
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2013, 07:54:22 AM »
Domes have been discussed on the forum before and the shape does have limited appeal. They also do not fit easily on the common small lot frequently found here. However there has to be a better method of construction than using the standard 'home made' hollow blocks that create a very uncomfortable home in this climate.

Making a tornado proof home is more about creating a low profile to the strong winds. Damage from storm surges can be avoided by either building up on stilts or well away from the beach.

Offline iamjames

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Re: Superadobe Homes
« Reply #4 on: November 21, 2013, 04:05:49 PM »
Those Superadobe are a brilliant idea - especially as they utilise material available locally.
Here is another idea that I saw in Sri Lanka. These houses would cost about 250,0000 +. Because Philippines is such a large shipping country I'm sure basic units could be done for far less.

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Re: Superadobe Homes
« Reply #5 on: November 21, 2013, 06:30:30 PM »
what about the floods.some times depending where you live you will get flooded out.but yes very good idea in most areas.