BUILD CHANGE

BUILD Disaster-Resistant Buildings | CHANGE Construction Practices Permanently

Denver, CO   |  https://buildchange.org/

Mission

Our mission is to greatly reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing and school collapses due to earthquakes and typhoons in emerging nations. We currently have operations in Colombia, the Caribbean, Indonesia, and the Philippines.

Ruling year info

2005

Founder & CEO

Dr. Elizabeth Hausler

Main address

1001 Bannock Street Suite 467

Denver, CO 80204 USA

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Formerly known as

Center for Earthquake Resistant Houses

EIN

35-2237155

NTEE code info

Engineering and Technology Research, Services (U40)

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Indonesia

Build Change designs earthquake-resistant houses for developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.

Build Change leaves in place permanent change in construction practice by building local skills and stimulating local demand.

After a major earthquake in a developing country, agencies typically build masses of houses that are not always culturally appropriate and sustainable in the local construction sector. Often, the homeowner is only minimally involved in the decision-making and construction process. The opportunity to build local capacity is often missed, and in many cases, the houses built after the funding and technical assistance cease are not earthquake-resistant. To overcome these challenges, Build Change applies the following principles and strategies.

LOCAL SOLUTIONS. Use detailed housing subsector studies to determine the most cost-effective ways of building earthquake-resistant houses using materials and skills that are available through the local private sector.
TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE. Leverage the knowledge and skills of the best engineers and architects in the world - both in the US and the developing world - to ensure that the very best designs and design thinking are applied to the reconstruction efforts while sticking to a carefully compiled list of criteria for local sustainability and acceptance.
EQUALITY. Empower the homeowners to choose their own layout and materials and manage their own construction with our technical assistance, by providing a range of solutions appropriate for different income levels, family size, culture and climate.
JOB CREATION. Work with local masons, carpenters and homeowners to incorporate disaster-resistant building techniques that are culturally accepted and easy to adopt with limited training and education.
LOCAL CAPACITY. Build local capacity by hiring and working with local engineers, architects, builders, universities and governments and training technical high school students.
ECONOMIC GROWTH. Kickstart the local economy by purchasing locally available materials and products.
BRIDGING THE GAP. Learn and spread best practices from post-disaster housing reconstruction programs so that the many other agencies involved in these efforts build better houses and leave in place more sustainable local impacts.

Provide technical assistance to more than 300 families in West Sumatra, Indonesia, who have not yet completed building their house after the September 2009 earthquake.

Provide technical assistance and train-the-trainer programs to families, builders and mobile extension workers in Aceh, Indonesia, to build their capacity to rebuild safe houses.

Continue to scale up vocational training programs in Haiti and Indonesia.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Build Change designs earthquake-resistant houses for developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.

Build Change leaves in place permanent change in construction practice by building local skills and stimulating local demand.

After a major earthquake in a developing country, agencies typically build masses of houses that are not always culturally appropriate and sustainable in the local construction sector. Often, the homeowner is only minimally involved in the decision-making and construction process. The opportunity to build local capacity is often missed, and in many cases, the houses built after the funding and technical assistance cease are not earthquake-resistant. To overcome these challenges, Build Change applies the following principles and strategies.

LOCAL SOLUTIONS. Use detailed housing subsector studies to determine the most cost-effective ways of building earthquake-resistant houses using materials and skills that are available through the local private sector.
TECHNICAL EXCELLENCE. Leverage the knowledge and skills of the best engineers and architects in the world - both in the US and the developing world - to ensure that the very best designs and design thinking are applied to the reconstruction efforts while sticking to a carefully compiled list of criteria for local sustainability and acceptance.
EQUALITY. Empower the homeowners to choose their own layout and materials and manage their own construction with our technical assistance, by providing a range of solutions appropriate for different income levels, family size, culture and climate.
JOB CREATION. Work with local masons, carpenters and homeowners to incorporate disaster-resistant building techniques that are culturally accepted and easy to adopt with limited training and education.
LOCAL CAPACITY. Build local capacity by hiring and working with local engineers, architects, builders, universities and governments and training technical high school students.
ECONOMIC GROWTH. Kickstart the local economy by purchasing locally available materials and products.
BRIDGING THE GAP. Learn and spread best practices from post-disaster housing reconstruction programs so that the many other agencies involved in these efforts build better houses and leave in place more sustainable local impacts.

Expand the technical assistance program in Haiti to achieve an annual goal of 1,000 newly built or retrofitted homes that meet minimum standards for earthquake and hurricane safety.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Build Change designs earthquake-resistant houses for developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Build Change designs earthquake-resistant houses for developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Build Change designs earthquake-resistant houses for developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

Build Change designs earthquake-resistant schools for developing countries and trains builders, homeowners, engineers, and government officials to build them.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Families

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BUILD CHANGE

Board of directors
as of 5/5/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Grace Hanson

Martin Fisher

KickStart International

Elizabeth Hausler

Build Change

David Friedman

Forell/Elsesser Engineers

Sig Anderson

City Center Realty Partners

Grace Hanson

Hemant Shah

Archipelago Analytics

Erin Bradner

Autodesk