Disaster relief work started for me when I accompanied a group of 30 Americans to Turkey after the '99 quake that killed some 45,000. We were allowed 14 days to build 2 school building envelopes, and it took a half day to set up and break down so there was 13 days' work. We used a backhoe with signs of human remains on the bucket.
We used my SteelCrete "thinshell" technology that has become an industry where Hi-Tech Tilt, MetalCrete and others use my work for strong, green structures that are fabricated easily and go together quickly. The very latest technology uses a new inexpensive, light and very strong hybrid concrete with stand-off metal framing and a proprietary insulative, inexpensive R-50 foil. This is already licensed to the largest precaster in the world, and with my group, am preparing to start a massive all-encompassing program that includes all necessary infrastructure. There are many methods of building strong, green buildings, but after 33 year at this have yet to encounter a generally better solution. Though nothing is "all things to all men", and nothing is earthquake, fire, hurricane-tornado "proof", the dome remains as the single best solution against most natural disaster. But most don't like the idea of living in domes. Underground building are actually even better yet, but who wants to be a mole?
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