Haiti Rebuilding as Eco-Villages

The Reciprocal Frame (RF) is a dynamic load sharing system that maintains integrity as its beams move and flex.

When roof panels are fixed to the RF they add considerably to its load carrying capacity, substantially reduce beam deflection and increase overall stiffness. Together the RF and roof panels act as a ring beam.

The 8 sided design dramatically reduces the potential load applied to each corner in an earthquake. It also creates a form that has a greater ability to flex in responses the the horizontal earth movements that create such devastation of conventional buildings.

These characteristics have been integrated in to a timber frame building design where roof, walls and floor form a monocoque construction of great stability and resistance to earthquake that is easy to build with minimal tools.

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