Earthquake-proof Foam House

January 27th, 2005 | Filed under: Building Tech, News | 38 Comments »


The Federation of American Scientists (FAS), recently tested the stability of structures built with the combination of expanded polystyrene (foam), and cement board. This method of building maintains the rigidity needed, yet remains lightweight, so it can withstand earthquakes of magnitude 10. Remarkably, the structure doesn’t require any wood members to create a rigid frame. FAS is in the process of using this method to build an ‘elegant home’ .

via Federation of Amercian Scientists | New Scientist

38 Comments on “Earthquake-proof Foam House”

  1. 1 Alex Kern said at 9:43 am on April 18th, 2005:

    Please let me know and see when finished.
    Thank you.

  2. 2 khan said at 5:56 am on October 24th, 2005:

    we wld at this point like to have quotes /price as soon as possible on prefab”foam”earthquake proof houses for the earthquake hit areas in Pakistan.
    For two to three singlestoried as well as double on the given space of 1500sq ft less and more…with and without shipping etc
    any further info provided wld be appreciated

  3. 3 yutiuya said at 4:26 pm on October 26th, 2005:

    I think there are earthquak proof buildings.
    son im daddy

  4. 4 Hanif A. Sattar said at 2:34 am on November 1st, 2005:

    need more detial and pricing

  5. 5 mirshabbirahmad said at 1:19 pm on November 2nd, 2005:

    please send me detailed infomation about this type of earthquake house

  6. 6 mirshabbirahmad said at 1:20 pm on November 2nd, 2005:

    please send me detailed infomation about this type of earthquake proof house

  7. 7 Brinda said at 12:28 am on November 10th, 2005:

    Would love to know more abt this…me an architecture student….would wish to know construction details.reply asap

  8. 8 Victor said at 6:20 am on November 26th, 2005:

    i would like to know more about this for a project i a m doing in a university

  9. 9 Muhammad Akram said at 1:30 pm on November 26th, 2005:

    Need more detail and pricing. Thanks

  10. 10 Sadaf said at 4:14 am on January 22nd, 2006:

    I m an architecture student and need this for a project,i m doing in university. I would like to know more about this earthquake proof house.

  11. 11 chanse howard said at 5:42 pm on February 11th, 2006:

    hey, i am doing a sciende project on building that can outsant an earth quake. and have a greats sq. foot. all i have to work with is 50 popsickle sticks, 50 toothpicks poster board, elmers glue, cement glue, construction paper, and pipe cleaners. can you help me with any ideas of yours send me an e-mail, my website is [email protected] please send me an idea or two. your help will be greatly appriciated by me.
    chanse leannee jane howard

  12. 12 carley said at 8:07 am on February 12th, 2006:

    I am a student in the 8th grade *&* we are researching on earthquake proof houses. We made a model house made from toothpicks *&* marshmellows. each team had a different base. We came to a conclusion that bed rock was the BEST to build on. Sand however is the WORST because the grains of sand do not stick together.

  13. 13 doug sullivan said at 5:17 pm on February 22nd, 2006:

    i think it is a great idea

  14. 14 doug sullivan said at 5:21 pm on February 22nd, 2006:

    im gay

  15. 15 doug sullivan said at 5:22 pm on February 22nd, 2006:

    ignore last comment

  16. 16 brandon said at 11:46 am on April 11th, 2006:

    my class is doing a project on earthquake proof houses.were can i found a good website on that area of erathquake proof houses

  17. 17 sari said at 5:58 am on July 26th, 2006:

    what are they thinking? You cannot build a house out of foam, those fucking nutters are crazy

  18. 18 Zaman said at 12:35 am on September 20th, 2006:

    Earthquake of 8th October 2005 in Pakistan has challanged to the Architects and engineers to modify the design of houses accordingly. No standard design has so far come to the surface for implimentataion specially the earth quake affected area. I am engineer and have made an effort to design units of 2 bed room and 3 bed room houses to sustain in the earth quake at the rectar scale of 8. It is a light weight and is safe for life even for greater dishaster. It is comfortable for hot and cold season and can be dismentalled and shifted to any other place with out much wastage of mterial. House will be built in Pakistan in next couple of months for demonstration. Cost varies with the type of material used for internal finish and the services provided.Interested persons/parties can contact on above e-mail address or Mobile 00923005113117

  19. 19 ali said at 3:57 am on October 24th, 2006:

    i m an earthquake effectee of earthquake on 8th oct 05and i wanna rebuild my home please give me necessary guid line.

  20. 20 Patty said at 11:51 pm on December 12th, 2006:

    does anyone know any websites that show how to build a model of an earthquake safe house?

  21. 21 Mela said at 6:40 pm on January 11th, 2007:

    I am doing a project in class on earthquake proof houses, does anybody know a good website on info about them ?

  22. 22 Maya said at 1:57 pm on January 15th, 2007:

    im doing a project on earthquake proof houses..can sum1 give me da materials dey use for dese kind of houses…???plz…txz

  23. 23 sarah said at 10:05 am on January 18th, 2007:


  24. 24 Taylor said at 2:39 pm on January 18th, 2007:

    Hi me and my science partners Kyle and Travis are doing a science project on earthquakes and may need help to build a earthquake proof building if you have any ideas please reply

    Thank you 🙂

    Taylor DeEsch
    Kyle Bean

  25. 25 Shawn said at 7:08 pm on January 18th, 2007:

    you guys are crazy! there is no way to build an earthquake proof house unles you are a freakin genious. we have to do that in science class and it is bull shit.

  26. 26 maria said at 7:09 pm on January 18th, 2007:

    Shawn, you are so mean and need to wash your mouth out

  27. 27 cow said at 11:51 pm on January 18th, 2007:

    using foam or bamboo is possible. look on the web for bamboo houses or styrofoam houses

  28. 28 SARAH M said at 10:03 am on January 19th, 2007:

    ok first of all we rnt freaken buildign we e studding how you can freaken make a houise saffer for an earthqiake and no it is not impossible any genius would figure that out ty!!! hi taylor its me sarah!!!!!!!!

  29. 29 jenz said at 9:48 am on January 26th, 2007:

    does anyone know any websites that show how to build a model of an earthquake safe house?

    i would like to know more about this for a project i a m doing in a university

  30. 30 Casey said at 6:14 pm on January 29th, 2007:

    You can check out this building system at: There is a video showing the earthquake test.

  31. 31 Brittany said at 10:04 am on February 1st, 2007:

    Hey, im doing a project @ school on a earthquake proof house. So we first have to draw the model of the house then build da model! But i’m wondering if any of you can give me tips on what i can use…it must just be a small little house mad e of toothpicks, cardboard…etc! But our teacher is goin 2 test it by shaking da table! LOL
    pls give sum tips…
    my e-mail
    [email protected]

  32. 32 silver god said at 2:17 pm on March 26th, 2007:

    I really need to know when anybody will ever live in one

  33. 33 silver god said at 2:17 pm on March 26th, 2007:

    how many will be built

  34. 34 Casey said at 2:37 pm on March 26th, 2007:

    There are already many people living in these home throughout the U.S. and in several other countries. The company has been in existence for a long time. They first madet the panels with OSB skins. There are many companies throughout the U.S. that still use that technology. What makes this system stand out is that they use fibered cement board skins that hold up much better to the elements as they won’t rot, mold, host insects such as termites and eliminate many steps in the construction process. FAS expects this to become the new paradigm for building in the near future because of its many advantages, earthquake resistance being just one.

  35. 35 pissed off said at 9:44 pm on April 17th, 2007:

    this web site needs a diagram on how to make your home earthqauke safe

  36. 36 khan Abdul Rahim said at 1:01 pm on November 20th, 2007:

    hello sir.. am from Maharashta India and i want to know more about these earth quake proof house.. and how much expenditure will be required? and how to bring it to India or any other place.. i will be thank full to you if you provide me the required information as soon as possible..

  37. 37 caitlyn said at 12:27 pm on June 8th, 2008:

    I need help on a school project. So far i am using legos but i need a support system. What should i use? i need help, please wirte back as soon as possible concidering the fact that the project is due Wednesday. Thanks

  38. 38 abhishek said at 4:12 am on May 6th, 2009:

    hello sir I want to make an Earthquake and Flood resistant house can u help me in any way plz send me rply this month

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