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Published on Feb 29, 2012
This is a video I made of the Ubuntu Blox house built by Harvey Lacey. The test simulated between a 7.0 and 8.2 on the Richter scale, and the house passed with flying colors. The tech said that due to the weight of the home (around 4,500 lbs) and the g-forces measured (4.0), the test was probably close to the maximum (8.2 Richter). This house is made almost entirely of "Ubuntu Blox" which are compressed and baled blocks of plastic trash (usually EPS, commonly known by the trade name "Styrofoam"). The blocks are wired together and plastered to protect them from fire and UV damage. The top of the wall has exposed blocks because the seismic testing table was limited to 5,000 lbs. The house as built weighed more than that, so some of the plaster had to be removed for this test.