A mix of conventional and experimental blocks for use in the destacamento.

The plan to make a building block that is cost effective and will be more environmentally sound while still having high tensile strength. This project is taking place from May 25th to July 5th and will take place in Las Malvinas a community in Santo Domingo. The group will be basing their blocks from rice husks and coconut husks so that the blocks can sustain the weather and pressure while still being environmentally sound.

## Background

The alternative block project location is in Las Malvinas, a community outside of the main section of Santo Domingo. Our team is made of two Humboldt State students and we are taking classes in UNIBE. The block project that the group is conducting is made so that the community in Las Malvinas can create a more inexpensive and sustainable block that will later be used by a local company to substitute regular commercial building blocks.

## Objective

The objective of this project is to recreate a cinder block made from products other than solely concrete. This new block must also be more cost and environmentally effective while still being able to withstand the climate and natural disasters that occur in the Dominican Republic.

### Criteria

Below is a table of the criteria used to evaluate project components and make decisions.

Criteria Constraints Our Weight (0-10)
Aesthetics Must resemble local architecture. 7
Production Cost Must cost less than regular cinder blocks. 10
Durability Must withstand weather and pressure. 10
Material Locality Must attain materials near or within Las Malvinas. 7
Reproducibility Ease to reproduce products. 9
Safety Must be safe both structurally and in the process of creation 10
Community Involvement Must include the local community members in the creation of this project 8
Environmental Impact Blocks should have a smaller footprint than concrete blocks 7

## Literature Review

See our Literature Review for relevant research completed for this project.

## Budget Tables

The budget tables will include 3 different types of table which are for the purpose of replicating the blocks, the overall cost of manufacturing the blocks, and the research cost.

Quantity Material Source Cost (RD$) Total ($)
4 bags Cement Bag Block factory in Las Malvinas 250 /
8 wheelbarrow Sand Block factory in Las Malvinas 120 /
10 sacks Rice hulls Destileria "La Isabella" / /

## References

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Authors Marjorie Casado, Noe Martinez, Jason McMack, Anthony Avila 2014 CC-BY-SA-4.0 621 Marjorie Casado, Noe Martinez, Jason McMack, Anthony Avila (2014). "Hullkrete and fiber-crete". Appropedia. Retrieved August 10, 2022.
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