Race To Resilience
“Two decades of building resilience: Build Change founder, Elizabeth Hausler on the evolution of climate proof housing”
24 April 2024. As part of the Race to Resilience campaign, Build Change and its two decades of work building housing resilience are highlighted in an article by our Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Hausler.

Financial Times
“How to give it… to disaster-relief design initiatives”
8 December 2023. Build Change is highlighted for its proactive approach to resiliency, focusing on reinforcing homes in vulnerable areas like Medellín, Colombia, before disasters strike, which proves to be more carbon-efficient and cost-effective than rebuilding. This organization’s work is essential in areas with informal dwellings prone to earthquakes, demonstrating the value of pre-emptive measures in disaster management and sustainable construction.

Cities Alliance for the World Economic Forum
“Sustainable construction will help those living in the world’s many informal settlements”
6 December 2023. Build Change plays a crucial role in the World Economic Forum’s focus on sustainable construction in informal settlements, particularly by collaborating with microfinance institutions in the Philippines to support affordable and incremental housing improvements for low- and middle-income families. This initiative is part of a broader effort to ensure housing in global urban informal settlements is safe, accessible, and sustainable, addressing the needs of the 1.1 billion people living in such areas while emphasizing climate-friendly, affordable, and inclusive construction practices.

Cities Alliance
“Can the Urban Poor Afford Sustainable Construction?”
5 December 2023. The Cities Alliance Secretariat’s position paper, resulting from a working group on sustainable construction for the urban poor, emphasizes the need for affordable, low-carbon, and circular construction methods to support sustainable urban development. The paper highlights the role of governments in creating supportive policies and regulations, while focusing on the circular economy’s principles to address challenges such as CO2 emissions, advocating for inclusivity, affordability, and environmental sustainability in construction practices.

World Green Building Council
“Social Impact Across the Built Environment”
4 December 2023. On 4 December 2023, the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) released a position paper titled ‘Social Impact across the Built Environment: Prioritising People throughout the building life cycle’. This paper outlines a framework for the building and construction sector to focus on social impact at every stage of the building life cycle, aiming to achieve an equitable and resilient future for all.

Build Change
“Build Change to Advocate for Climate-Resilient Housing Solutions at COP28”
30 November 2023. Build Change, a leader in strengthening disaster-resilient homes and buildings, will advocate for climate-resilient housing and sustainable urban development at the 28th UN Climate Change Conference (COP28) in Dubai. The organization will present innovative solutions for climate-resilient housing, engage in policy advocacy, and emphasize the benefits of homeowner-driven retrofitting, showcasing its commitment to transforming housing systems and making sustainable, resilient housing accessible globally.

World Resources Institute
“RELEASE: WRI and Partners Launch REHOUSE Initiative Linking Housing, Urban Services, Climate Action”
28 November 2023. Build Change, as part of the REHOUSE initiative launched by WRI Ross Center for Sustainable Cities, is working to accelerate progress towards equitable and climate-ready cities through resilient and affordable housing integrated with basic services. Elizabeth Hausler, Founder & CEO of Build Change, emphasized the necessity of a systemic and equitable approach to housing to strengthen urban resiliency and reduce losses in climate-vulnerable populations.

Build Change
“Build Change Releases Landmark Embodied Carbon Report on Climate-Resilient Housing Retrofits”
15 November 2023. Build Change, a leader in resilient housing solutions, has released a significant report, “Saving Embodied Carbon Through Strengthening Existing Housing,” demonstrating the carbon-saving potential of retrofitting existing housing for disaster resilience. This report, ahead of the UN COP28 climate conference, emphasizes the dual benefits of climate adaptation and mitigation through preventive upgrades, revealing that retrofitting is more carbon-efficient than new construction and crucial for sustainable, resilient housing globally.

UN High Level Climate Champions
“Race to Resilience: Campaign Progress Report”
November 2023. The second progress report of the Race to Resilience Campaign at COP28 highlights joint efforts towards climate resilience, with actions set to enhance the resilience of 1.87 billion people and a mobilization of $39.44 billion by Partners. Build Change’s Climate Resilient Housing Initiative notably contributed by reaching 1 million safer people in 2022, implementing Colombia’s first technical guideline AIS 410-23 to strengthen informal housing resilience, benefiting over 4 million Colombians, and being recognized for a pilot project in Honduras as one of the top social innovations of 2022, with ongoing work in multiple countries including new partnerships in Mexico, Turkey, and Mozambique.

UN High Level Climate Champions
“Sharm El Sheikh Adaptation Agenda: Implementation Report”
November 2023. Build Change has been named as a key partner of the Sharm El-Sheikh Adaptation Agenda to deliver climate-resilient housing as part of the first comprehensive global plan to enhance re

Lion’s Den
“Holcim, partners inaugurate pioneering program for climate-resilient housing”
18 October 2023. Build Change, in partnership with Holcim Philippines and Alalay sa Kaunlaran Foundation, Inc. (ASKI), has launched a program in Baler, Aurora to provide low-income families with access to loans for strengthening their homes against typhoons and earthquakes, using Holcim’s low-carbon products and Build Change’s engineering designs. This initiative, “Matibay na Bahay para sa Mas Ligtas na Buhay,” aims to reinforce 28 houses in the region, create 100 jobs, and train 1,500 people in climate-resilient building techniques.

La W Radio
“Build Change: resiliencia sísmica en Colombia y su impacto en la prevención de desastres”
18 October 2023. Over the past decade, Build Change has focused on transforming housing in Colombia to enhance resilience against seismic disasters and improve the structural quality of informally built homes.

Architecture Daily
“How Can Cities Create Resilience in the Face of Natural Disasters”
12 October 2023. In the face of increasing natural disasters, Build Change is actively developing solutions to enhance the seismic resilience of low-rise buildings, particularly in densely populated cities with substandard housing. The organization has created a manual to assist homeowners in evaluating and retrofitting vulnerable houses, thereby boosting their structural integrity against earthquakes.

International Energy Agency
“Breakthrough Agenda Report 2023: Buildings”
14 September 2023. The 2023 Breakthrough Agenda Report highlights Build Change as a crucial organization driving large-scale change around advancing resilient solutions.

Boyaca 7 Dias
“Nueva norma nacional para reducir vulnerabilidad de la vivienda informal”
31 August 2023. On August 25, 2023, Colombia’s Ministry of Housing, City and Territory implemented the AIS 410-23 technical document as a national standard to reduce the structural vulnerability of informal housing. Build Change played a significant role in developing this standard, aiming to facilitate more accessible housing reinforcement for low-income individuals, addressing the issue that approximately 65% of Colombian homes are not structurally equipped to withstand earthquakes.

El Nuevo Dia
“¡Es oficial! Nueva norma nacional para reducir vulnerabilidad de la vivienda informal”
31 August 2023. On August 25, the Colombian Ministry of Housing, City and Territory signed Decree 1401 of 2023, amending the NSR-10 Regulation and adopting the new AIS 410-23 standard, developed by the Colombian Association of Seismic Engineering, to reduce the seismic vulnerability of informally built masonry homes in Colombia.

Escuela Colombiana de Ingenieria Julio Garavito – University Media
“¡Es oficial! Nueva norma nacional para reducir vulnerabilidad de la vivienda informal”
31 August 2023. On August 25, the Colombian Ministry of Housing, City and Territory signed Decree 1401 of 2023, amending the NSR-10 Regulation and adopting the new AIS 410-23 standard, developed by the Colombian Association of Seismic Engineering, to reduce the seismic vulnerability of informally built masonry homes in Colombia.

Build Change
“Colombian Government Adopts AIS 410 into Building Code to Accelerate Resilient Housing Improvements”
31 August 2023. The Colombian government, led by President Gustavo Petro Urrego, has adopted the AIS 410-23 document as the country’s first national standard to reduce the seismic vulnerability of informal masonry homes, implemented through the Cambia Mi Casa program and developed in collaboration with the Colombian Association of Seismic Engineering and Build Change.

Blu Radio
“Como hacer casas para los sismos: el Gobierno ya tiene un plan”
30 August 2023. The Colombian government, led by President Gustavo Petro Urrego, has adopted the AIS 410-23 document as the country’s first national standard to reduce the seismic vulnerability of informal masonry homes, implemented through the Cambia Mi Casa program and developed in collaboration with the Colombian Association of Seismic Engineering and Build Change.

“Ministerio de Vivienda prioriza la reducción de vulnerabilidad sísmica en viviendas informales de mampostería”
30 August 2023. The Colombian government, led by President Gustavo Petro Urrego, has adopted the AIS 410-23 document as the country’s first national standard to reduce the seismic vulnerability of informal masonry homes, implemented through the Cambia Mi Casa program and developed in collaboration with the Colombian Association of Seismic Engineering and Build Change.

Noticias y Respuestas
“Crean norma para reducir la vulnerabilidad sísmica en viviendas informales de mampostería”
30 August 2023. On August 25, 2023, Colombian President Gustavo Petro Urrego signed Decree 1401, adopting the AIS 410-23 document as a national standard aimed at reducing the vulnerability of informal masonry homes, particularly within the Cambia Mi Casa program. Developed by the Colombian Association of Seismic Engineering and Build Change, this standard will provide technical guidelines and criteria to reduce vulnerability in unreinforced and partially confined masonry housing, with an estimated 65% of Colombian homes lacking adequate structural systems for earthquake resistance.

Colombia Ministry of Housing
“El Ministerio de Vivienda busca reducir la vulnerabilidad sísmica en viviendas informales de mampostería”
30 August 2023. On August 25, 2023, Colombian President Gustavo Petro Urrego signed Decree 1401, adopting the AIS 410-23 document as a national standard aimed at reducing the vulnerability of informal masonry homes, particularly within the Cambia Mi Casa program. Developed by the Colombian Association of Seismic Engineering and Build Change, this standard will provide technical guidelines and criteria to reduce vulnerability in unreinforced and partially confined masonry housing, with an estimated 65% of Colombian homes lacking adequate structural systems for earthquake resistance.

Caracol Radio
“Petro firmó decreto para reducir la vulnerabilidad de viviendas informales de mampostería”
30 August 2023. Gustavo Petro Urrego, the President of Colombia, has signed a decree aimed at reducing the vulnerability of informal masonry homes to seismic events. The initiative, developed in collaboration with the Colombian Association of Seismic Engineering and Build Change Colombia, seeks to retrofit vulnerable houses and make them more earthquake-resistant, with an estimated 65% of homes in the country currently lacking adequate structural systems for earthquake resilience.

Manila Times
“Cement firm celebrates tieups with homebuilders”
22 July 2023. Holcim Philippines, Inc. has stepped up partnerships with shelter organizations such as Habitat for Humanity, Base Bahay Foundation, and Build Change to advance innovations to make resilient building more accessible in the Philippines as it expanded its portfolio of low-carbon blended cements to help mitigate impacts of climate change.

Race to Resilience
“From LCAW and Bonn, to local solutions: June’s Race to Resilience roundup”
6 July 2023. In June’s Race to Resilience roundup, Build Change played a pivotal role by launching a new web-series titled “Resilient Housing Across the Americas,” focusing on discussions about the future of housing with various leaders. This initiative aligns with their successful project in the Philippines, where they have constructed over 4,000 resilient buildings, primarily financed by women, to transform the housing landscape in disaster-prone areas.

Build Change for Charged Affairs
“Youth-Led Advocacy Shapes G7 Summit in Japan”
17 June 2023. At the 2023 Youth G7 Summit in Japan, U.S. delegates, including Monica Schroeder, the Director of Global Advocacy at Build Change, collaborated with youth representatives from other G7 countries to finalize and present policy proposals to Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. Their communique, covering topics like economic resilience, digital innovation, climate and environment, global health, and peace and security, emphasized inclusive and forward-looking policies, with a focus on skills for the digital era and disaster-resilient housing initiatives led by Schroeder’s organization, Build Change.

Build Change for Climate Champions
“Turning Money into Mortar”
15 July 2023. Build Change, in partnership with various microfinance institutions in the Philippines, has revolutionized the approach to disaster-resilient housing for low-income families. By introducing innovative financing and incremental construction methods, they have successfully strengthened over 4,000 buildings, ensuring the safety of over 45,000 people, and trained more than 14,000 individuals in safe construction practices, creating significant social and economic impacts in disaster-prone areas.

“Sustainable and Affordable Housing”
1 June 2023. The Sustainable and Affordable Housing Report provides a unified vision for sustainable, affordable housing and spotlights best practice worldwide to demonstrate opportunities for success that could be scaled for greater impact. An analysis of case study data derives key calls to action for policy makers, the finance community, community approaches, and the design and construction industry.

Manila Times
“Holcim, Build Change strengthens partnership for climate-resilient housing”
16 May 2023. Holcim Philippines and Build Change have enhanced their partnership to provide climate-resilient housing renovations for Filipinos. This collaboration includes a pilot project to offer microloans for housing strengthening using low-carbon Holcim products and Build Change’s technical assistance, initially targeting 28 houses in Baler, Aurora, creating 100 jobs, and training 1,500 people on climate-resilient building practices.

Haz Magazine
“CAF – Banco de Desarrollo de América Latina y la ‘Revista Haz’ premiamos las 10 mejores iniciativas de innovación social de 2022, que se han desarrollado en Latinoamérica y España”
19 April 2023. The article from Haz Magazine, published on April 19, 2023, highlights the recognition of the top ten social innovation initiatives of 2022 by CAF – Development Bank of Latin America and Haz Magazine. In response to the devastation caused by flooding in Honduras, Build Change, the Honduran Red Cross and UNAH are working alongside the most affected communities to increase the resilience of Honduran families by adapting homes to make them more resilient .

Sustainability Magazine, Dinh Tuan Hai 1,* and Nguyen Kim Hoang
“Maintenance Policies and Practices on Resilient Houses: Case Study from a Coastal Resilience Project in Vietnam”
28 March 2023. The Build Change Guide to Resilient Housing: An Essential Handbook for Governments and Practitioners was influential in providing bettern maintenance policies and practices for resilient houses for vulnerable coastal provinces in Vietnam.

Columbia Climate School
“Sustain What? Building Forward Safer in Earthquake Danger Zones”
9 March 2023. Lizzie Blaisdell Collins, vice president for engineering at Build Change, is a leading authority on the creation of building standards in the developing world where they never existed before. She spoke with Andy revkin of the Columbia Climate School about Build Change’s work across the world.

LBB Online
“Photographer Kino Teams with Nikon, WaterBear and The World Bank for Inspiring Exhibition”
3 March 2023. Photographer Kino documented the lives of families in the Philippines affected by a devastating typhoon who received aid from Build Change. The images were selected and exhibited at the Averted Disaster Awards 2022, and The World Bank plans to circulate the exhibition at climate change panel discussions for the next five years.

“Regional leaders discuss need for multisectoral risk governance and sustainable finance at second day of RP23”
2 March 2023. During the VIII Regional Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction in the Americas and the Caribbean (RP23), discussions centered around the importance of innovative policies, multisectoral coordination, and resilient housing in disaster risk governance. Build Change’s Country Director in Colombia, Manuela Pinilla, highlighted the need for low-cost solutions to make existing homes more resilient, using new technology to produce robust building materials and improving the resilience of informal housing, particularly in areas prone to flooding.

Build Change for Devex
“Opinion: How resilient housing can prevent another earthquake disaster”
1 March 2023. Elizabeth Hausler and Monica Schroeder advocate for the prioritization of resilient housing as a key element of early disaster recovery efforts in this Devex op ed. Vulnerable housing has been a major cause of death and economic damage in earthquake-stricken regions, making it crucial to upgrade existing houses for disaster resilience, empower homeowners, harness technology for efficiency, strengthen local capacities, and ensure accountability in the construction process to prevent future disasters.

Deutsche Welle, Martin Kuebler
“Turkey-Syria earthquake: How can cities build up resilience?”
22 February 2023. Build Change is playing a pivotal role in promoting earthquake-resilient housing by strengthening existing buildings through retrofitting and reinforcing weak structures. The approach not only enhances housing resilience against earthquakes but also contributes to environmental sustainability by reducing embodied carbon associated with new construction and protects against various hazards like hurricanes and flooding.

Breaking Travel News
“Airbnb.org Provides Free Temporary Housing for Displaced Earthquake Survivors and First Responders”
15 February 2023. Breaking Travel News highlighted Build Change’s collaboration with Airbnb.org to provide assess housing needs and provide short-term housing for first responders.

“Support for survivors of the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria”
14 February 2023. Airbnb.org is collaborating with non-profit organizations and government entities to provide free temporary housing to survivors of the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria, as well as relief workers. They have reached out to organizations like JDC, Catholic Relief Services, CARE International, and Build Change to offer housing vouchers to first responders involved in search and rescue operations, with plans to expand their assistance to survivors in safe areas.

“Travel and hospitality helps earthquake victims in Turkey and Syria”
14 February 2023. Build Change was highlighted ias a key partner in Airbnb.org’s initiative to provide free temporary housing to earthquake survivors in Turkey and Syria, as well as relief workers. This collaborative effort, coordinated by Airbnb.org’s non-profit partners, is funded by Airbnb and generous donors, with donations currently being matched for added impact in times of crisis.

“Airbnb plans to provide housing vouchers for Turkey earthquake rescuers, and says it will help survivors get shelter soon”
15 February 2023. MarketWatch highlighted Build Change’s collaboration with Airbnb.org to provide assess housing needs and provide short-term housing for first responders.

Solutions Insights Lab, Lisa Haris
“Interview with Elizabeth Hausler (Build Change)”
13 February 2023. In an interview with Lisa Harris of Solutions Insights Lab, Build Change Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Hausler discussed the holistic approach to empowering communities to make their homes earthquake-resistant. This approach involves collaboration with homeowners, government officials, and the private sector, offering conditional cash assistance, technical support, and policy changes, while demonstrating the effectiveness of retrofitting existing buildings in disaster-prone areas. The model’s key lessons include emphasizing prevention, patience, and leveraging philanthropic investments for systemic change.
“Your Weekly Brief: Earthquake Response”
10 February 2023. In their recent communication, Ashoka U.S. highlighted various initiatives and efforts by their Fellows. These include addressing childcare reform, addressing the decline of local news, promoting mutualism and community-based solutions for economic resilience, and providing earthquake response support to families and communities in Turkey and Syria.

WE/AR Studio
“Virtual Reality in Construction – How Is it Used to Its Full Potential”
January, 2023. The article discusses the transformative role of Virtual Reality (VR) in the construction industry, highlighting its history since the 1990s and its recent advancements due to more accessible and advanced VR technologies. Key applications of VR in construction include enhanced design visualization, improved project planning and coordination, effective training and education, better customer experience, efficient site management, and potential challenges and future trends in integrating VR into construction practices.

Rethinking the Future
“Future of Automation in Architecture”
2023. The article discusses the increasing role of automation in architecture, driven by global population growth and higher living standards, emphasizing how human-machine collaboration can meet future building demands efficiently and sustainably. Build Chagne makes it possible to build more resilient houses more quickly.

Reducing climate vulnerability by building resilient housing in Honduras
October 28, 2022. Build Change, in partnership with the Honduran Red Cross, initiated a pilot project in Honduras’ Sula Valley to structurally reinforce and expand homes affected by Hurricanes Eta and Iota, focusing on climate adaptation and resilience. This initiative, which includes retrofitting homes and adding second stories for emergency refuge, has positively impacted the community by enhancing living conditions and safety against climate disasters, reaching 550 people with housing solutions.

“Autodesk Celebrates at Its Revamped Gallery”
Jun 29, 2022. At the Autodesk Gallery reopening, Mayor London Breed highlighted San Francisco’s post-pandemic resilience and innovation, while Elizabeth Hausler of Build Change showcased how Autodesk’s generative design technology aids in retrofitting buildings in disaster-prone areas, emphasizing resilience and efficient construction.

Food & Agriculture Organization
Digital Transformation & Land Administration
2022. This publication discusses the impact of COVID-19 on the digital transformation of land administration, highlighting that many organizations were already adapting to digital methods and reaped financial benefits, but also faced challenges like digital exclusion and data quality. It emphasizes the need for investment in areas like data analytics, e-conveyancing, and capacity development, and suggests that future land administration systems should be more intelligent, interoperable, and inclusive, with a focus on sustainable development goals and effective policy integration.

Urban Institute
“Final Outcome Evaluation of the 100 Resilient Cities Program”
September, 2022. The Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program, launched in 2013, aimed to transform 100 cities globally by enhancing their resilience to various challenges. Build Change was one of the partners who benefited from the program by retrofitting fifty homes across Medellin, Colombia.

“Sharm El Sheikh Adaptation Agenda”
November, 2022. The Climate Resilient Housing Initiative, powered by Build Change and noted in the first Sharm El-Sheikh Adapation Agenda, forges partnerships, catalyses action and drives investment to ensure climate resilient housing for all.

Malaya Business Insight
“Holcim Ph, Build Change partner for disaster-resilient construction”
June 16, 2022. Holcim Philippines Inc. and Build Change Philippines have formed a partnership, led by Zoe Sibala of Holcim and Arnel Capili of Build Change, to enhance local structures’ resilience against natural disasters, initially focusing on areas affected by super Typhoon Odette in 2021. This collaboration aims to build or retrofit disaster-resilient houses, schools, and evacuation centers, develop affordable housing programs for vulnerable populations, and promote resilience and sustainability in response to the Philippines’ heightened vulnerability to natural disasters and climate change.

“Holcim Philippines partners with Build Change Philippines”
May 23, 2022. Holcim Philippines Inc. has partnered with Build Change Philippines to enhance disaster resilience in local structures, focusing initially on areas affected by the 2021 super Typhoon Odette. The collaboration aims to build or retrofit homes, schools, and evacuation centers for disaster resilience, and to develop an affordable housing program targeting vulnerable communities, underlining the importance of resilience in the Philippines’ disaster-prone environment.

Manila Standard
“Disaster-resilient construction”
May 20, 2022. Holcim Philippines and Build Change Philippines have partnered to strengthen structures against natural disasters, focusing on areas affected by 2021’s super Typhoon Odette. Their joint efforts include building and retrofitting disaster-resilient homes, schools, and evacuation centers, and developing an affordable housing program for vulnerable communities.

Urban Land Institute
“Resilient Retrofits: Climate Upgrades for Existing Buildings”
2022 Resilient Retrofits: Climate Upgrades for Existing Buildings introduces real estate actors, designers, policymakers, and finance professionals to the opportunities and challenges of preparing existing buildings for accelerating physical climate risks, including extreme temperatures, floods, storms and high winds, seismic risks, water stress/drought, and wildfires.

Asian Development Bank
“Regional: Advancing Inclusive and Resilient Urban Development Targeted at the Urban Poor Philippines: Scaling Up Green and Inclusive Housing Microfinance “
February, 2022 Lizzie Blaisdell Collins developed a Technical Assistance Consultant’s Report for the Asian Development Bank entitled, “Building Resilience of the Urban Poor: Incorporating Climate and Disaster Risk Information into Pro-Poor Housing Investments.” The report outlines the essential need for government investment in housing for those living in conditions harmful to their health, safety, and prosperity.

Fast Company
“After Haiti’s last earthquake, aid organizations struggled to help rebuild. Can they do better now?”
August 26, 2021. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler discusses how people, money and technology can be mobilized to prevent future housing loss in Haiti, and how retrofitting programs blazed the path for housing resilience following the 2010 earthquakes.

The Wall Street Journal
“Quake-Hit Haiti Failed to Learn Building Lessons After 2010 Disaster.”
August 19, 2021. Lizzie Collins makes the case for prevention funding in Haiti and discusses retrofitting technology.

“We all need a safe home. Here’s why we must build better”
August 19, 2021. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler advocates to COP26 leaders and negotiators to prioritize housing on the climate change agenda with impact stories from Build Change’s community of homeowners worldwide.

“Lynelle Cameron, the Conscience of Autodesk”
August 11, 2021. Autodesk’s VP of Sustainability, Lynelle Cameron, discusses how the Autodesk Foundation partners with Build Change in Nepal to prevent housing loss due to disasters.

Business Insider
“Today’s scientists and technologists have the skills to shape the future. But without support from those that employ them, change isn’t possible.”
August 4, 2021. Build Change participated in IBM’s Call for Code, using open source solutions to improve housing technology.

Dell Technologies
“Restructuring the approach to disaster recovery with complex algorithms”
July 19, 2021. Learn about how Build Change uses artificial intelligence to improve housing more effectively and efficiently.

“COP26 must ensure better, safer and more equitable housing”
July 1, 2021. Dr Elizabeth Hausler has explains why everyone, from state to non-state actors, must drive the demand for resilient housing.

Call for Code Digest
“Meet Lakshyana K.C. from Build Change, bringing new skills to solve societal problems”
June 23, 2021. On this International Women in Engineering Day, learn about Lakshyana’s experience propelling a Call for Code team to new heights.

“Artificial intelligence is used to inspect construction in the aftermath of earthquakes”
June 14, 2021. ISAC-SIMO a new open source machine learning tool has been developed to help ensure build quality in emerging countries.

Smart Cities World
“AI used to examine construction following earthquakes”
June 14, 2021. An open source project hosted by the Linux Foundation with support from IBM and Call for Code will use machine learning to help inform quality assurance for construction in emerging nations.

Digital Construction
“Digital tools key to ensuring housebuilder quality”
June 13, 2021. The Linux Foundation, the non-profit organization enabling mass innovation through open source, will host the Digital AI Construction project (ISAC-SIMO), which was created by Build Change with a grant from IBM as part of the Call for Code initiative.

The Next Web News
“AI-powered construction supervisor app ensures buildings are earthquake safe”
June 10, 2021. Build Change, a foundation dedicated to preventing housing loss caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes and windstorms, is announcing the “Intelligence Supervision Assistant for Construction” (ISAC-SIMO) app.

USA News Hub
“AI-powered construction supervisor app ensures buildings are earthquake safe”
June 10, 2021. Build Change, a foundation dedicated to preventing housing loss caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes and windstorms, is announcing the “Intelligence Supervision Assistant for Construction” (ISAC-SIMO) app.

Company News HQ
“Call for Code app uses AI to make homes safer and more resilient”
June 10, 2021. With the support of IBM, Build Change has created a new open-source artificial intelligence tool called ISAC-SIMO that extends PD3R technology to help builders, local officials, and homeowners assess the construction quality of newly built or retrofitted homes.

The Linux Foundation
“New Open Source Project Uses Machine Learning to Inform Quality Assurance for Construction in Emerging Nations”
June 10, 2021. Linux Foundation with support from IBM and Call for Code hosts ‘Intelligent Supervision Assistant for Construction’ project from Build Change to help builders identify structural issues in masonry walls or concrete columns, especially in areas affected by disasters.

IBM | IBM Developer
“Call for Code app uses AI to make homes safer and more resilient”
June 10, 2021. Build Change deploys machine learning solution to evaluate construction quality called ISAC-SIMO.

UNDRR Commitments
“Build Change Prevents Housing Loss Caused By Disasters”
June 8, 2021.Build Chage has made commitments on UNDRR Commitments to prevents housing loss ccaused by disasters.

“Financial assessment of incremental seismic retrofitting of Nepali stone-masonry buildings”
May 6, 2021. A journal from our Organization’s team with Build Change, National Society for Earthquake Technology(Nepal) and Department of Civil Engineering(University of Bristol) has been published on the Siencce Direct where Cost Benefit Analysis of Nepali stone-masonry buildings has been explained .

Structural Engineer Blog (Simpson Strong-Tie) 
“Build Change: My Favorite Child” 
November 10, 2020. Some places leave a permanent impact on our hearts, and we are never the same. For Tim Hart, Nepal and Indonesia are two such places.

The Bastion-Development in Depth 
“Building Climate Change Resilient Infrastructure for an Uncertain Tomorrow” 
October 13, 2020. How can communities build better before and become more resilient to disasters and climate change impacts?  This article describes Build Change’s use of AI in Nepal as one example of how communities can rebuild stronger post-disaster.

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras 
“Viviendas resilientes: la mejor manera de prevenir daños ante desastres naturales”  
October 8, 2020. El Director de Programas para Latinoamérica y el Caribe Juan Caballero realizó una ponencia sobre el diseño y reforzamiento de edificaciones ante riesgos y desastres para la Semana de Arquitectura 2020.

MOFO Pro-Bono
“Meet the Innovative MOFO Clients that are Working To Improve Living Conditions for Displaced Individuals”  
September 16, 2020.  Morrison Foerster has advised Build Change on a pro-bono basis since 2009 as the organization has continued to expand internationally.

Structural Engineer Blog (Simpson Strong-Tie) 
“Pandemics, Earthquakes and Windstorms: Some Thoughts on the Probability of a Compound Disaster” 
August 4, 2020. Hurricane and typhoon season adds another layer of complexity to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In this blog, Tim Hart, the 2020 Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence in Engineering Fellow, discusses the complex risks communities worldwide face, and the role that safe housing plays in fighting all types of disasters.

“PMI dan Palang Merah Amerika Bangun Rumah Tahan Gempa”
July 29, 2020.  Build Change is doing resilient building training with the American Red Cross and the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) in Sukabumi, West Java.

Medium (Authority Magazine)
“Erin Bradner of Autodesk:  Why as a society, we need to rethink our concepts of intelligence, competence, power, equity and opportunity”
July 24, 2020.  Dr. Erin Bradner is the Director of the Autodesk Robotics Lab and a Build Change Board Member.  In this article, Erin discusses what is exciting about her work, women in STEM, and of course, Build Change.

Redshift by Autodesk
“4 Tips to Administer PPP Funds and Relieve Fears about Loan Forgiveness”
May 28,2020.
  Build Change’s Controller Diane Datteri offers tips for other organizations on how to properly administer PPP funds.

Autodesk University
“Scaling Up BIM for Resilience: Automated Designs to Retrofit Informal Housing”
May 4,2020.
  A walk through of the process that Build Change uses with Revit and Dynamo to automatic retrofit designs.

“To Turn A Corner, Trust Social Entrepreneurs”
April 28,2020.  
In many countries, social entrepreneurs (like Elizabeth Hausler and Build Change) are the de-facto social safety net, and now is the time their contributions are needed more than ever.

“Build Change: Rethinking Housing After the Crisis”
April 23,2020. 
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler is interviewed by Ashoka on how the COVID-19 crisis makes the need for safe housing all the more evident at a moment when up to 1/3 of the world’s population is in quarantine.

Structural Engineer Blog (Simpson Strong-Tie)
“Build Change: Seismic Safety in the Age of COVID-19”
April 8, 2020. 
Tim Hart, the 2020 Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence in Engineering Fellow, was in Manila at the time the COVID-19 quarantine went into effect.  Here are his observations from his time on the ground in the Philippines.

Construction Junkie Blog
“4 Construction Humanitarian Companies Helping People Through Building”
April 7, 2020.
Shane Hedmond shines a spotlight on some of the top humanitarian organizations (including Build Change!) using construction to make a difference.

Autodesk University-Online Learning
“Scaling Up BIM for Resilience: Automated Designs to Retrofit Informal Housing”
March 18, 2020. 
Learn from Noll Tufani and Nicolas Ortiz Abello of Build Change as they walk you through Build Change’s approach to automated design for resilient building in countries like Nepal.  A session from the 2019 Autodesk University-Las Vegas.

Engineering for Change Blog
“5 Questions for Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, Founder of Build Change”
March 12, 2020. 
The Engineering for Change blog catches up with Dr. Elizabeth Hausler about the ways in which Build Change has disrupted the reconstruction industry, in favor of more sustainable and culturally appropriate designs.

Fulcrum Blog
Fulcrum Community Highlight-Build Change
February 25, 2020.
Through a new partnership with Spatial Networks, Build Change will utilize the Fulcrum platform to support the “Casa Digna, Vida Digna” program in ColombiaBuild Change is proud to be #FulcrumReady!

Understanding Risk Centroamérica Highlight Video
“Video Resumen de UR Centroamérica”
February 17, 2020.
Build Change’s Programs and Partnerships Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Juan Caballero, spoke at the inaugural Understanding Risk in Costa Rica February 12-14, 2020. His session is spotlighted at the :57 mark.

“Full Frame: Sustainable Building with Build Change CEO Elizabeth Hausler”
February 8, 2020. 
Natural disasters like earthquakes, hurricanes and floods are unavoidable. But deaths from them can be prevented. One way is through constructing more resilient buildings. Dr. Elizabeth Hausler talks with CGTV host Mike Walter about Build Change’s previous post-disaster work in China, as well as more recent prevention work in countries like Colombia and Guatemala.

RMS Blog
“Haiti Earthquake: Ten Years On”
January 16, 2020.  
This blog explores Haiti’s slow recovery from the devastating 2010 earthquake, as well as some of the reasons why that recovery has been so challenging.  A bright spot is Build Change’s work with homeowners, the government, local construction professionals, materials providers, and many others to build back better.

Engineering for Change.org
“Nominations are Open for Mortenson’s Awards for the New Global Engineers”
January 15, 2020. 
The CU Boulder Mortenson Center for Global Engineering is pioneering a new vision for engineering for global development, and awarding professionals and students that represent its ethos. Last year, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler was awarded the inaugural “Global Engineering Outstanding Professional” award.

RMS Blog
“RMS Impact Trek 2020: Share Your Expertise and Make a Difference”
January 6, 2020.  
Recruitment is open now through January 17th for RMS staff and RMS clients that would like to participate in the 2020 Impact Trek to Bogota, Colombia.

Retrofit Magazine
“Tim Hart Receives 2019-2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellowship”
December 27, 2019. 
This is the third year of the Fellowship, resulting from the continuation of a partnership between international nonprofit social enterprise Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie.

Building Enclosure
“Simpson Strong-Tie, Build Change Renew Joint Fellowship”
December 18, 2019.  
Tim Hart will lend his 30 years of structural engineering and construction experience to the fellowship role.

Contractor Supply
“Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie announce 2019-2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellow”
December 18, 2019. 
International nonprofit Build Change and global structural solutions leader Simpson Strong-Tie renew joint Fellowship for Engineering Excellence and introduce 2019–2020 recipient.

Strong-Tie Newsroom
“Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie Announce New 2019-2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellow”
December 18, 2019. 
Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie are excited to introduce the recipient of the 2019–2020 Excellence in Engineering Fellowship: Tim Hart.

Autodesk Construction Cloud
“40 Under 40: Construction Champions of 2019”
December 17, 2019.  
Build Change’s own Nicolas Ortiz Abello was named to Autodesk Construction Cloud’s “40 Under 40” list for 2019.

El Espectador
“Una Tecnologia para Reforzar las Casas de Familias Vulnerables en Colombia”
November 25, 2019.
La Doctora Elizabeth Hausler da una plenaria en la conferencia Autodesk University sobre el trabajo de Build Change en Colombia y alrededor del Mundo.

Autodesk News
“General Session Keynote Highlights”
November 19, 2019. 
Build Change is listed in the highlights for Day 1 of Autodesk University.

Autodesk University
“Build Change Saves Lives”
November 19, 2019. 
Autodesk, Inc. caught up with Dr. Elizabeth Hausler following her AU keynote to talk further about Build Change’s mission of saving lives through resilient housing.

Autodesk University
“Resilient Housing: Build Change’s Opportunity for Better”
November 19, 2019. 
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler delivers the opening keynote for Autodesk University 2019 in Las Vegas alongside Andrew Anagnost, President and CEO of Autodesk, Inc. and Asa Kalama, Executive Creative Director at Walt Disney Imagineering.

Autodesk News
“The Opportunity for Better Starts at Autodesk University 2019”
November 18, 2019.  
Autodesk, Inc. announces Dr. Elizabeth Hausler’s keynote at Autodesk University as well as Build Change as the recipient of the AU Las Vegas 2019 Donation Drive. 

Structural Engineering Blog
“The Simpson Strong-Tie Excellence in Engineering Fellowship: A Grateful Adventure”
November 20, 2019. 
Juan Carlos Restrepo reflects on his experience working in Colombia and the Philippines as the 2018-2019 Fellow.

PBS NewsHour
“How Cities are Rebuilding to be More Resilient to Natural Disasters”
October 28, 2019. 
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler discusses how retrofitting is a cost-effective strategy which can help cities become more resilient at a lower cost than building from new.

Autodesk Foundation
“Our Impact”
October 22, 2019. 
Build Change is profiled in the Autodesk Foundation’s celebratory publication showcasing their five years of impact.

The Chronicle of Philanthropy
“How a Nonprofit is Helping People Construct Buildings to Resist Natural Disasters” (podcast)
October 18, 2019. 
A conversation on resilient building between Dr. Elizabeth Hausler and Denver Frederick, host of “The Business of Giving”.  

Autodesk, Inc.
“AEC Excellence Awards 2019 Finalists”
October 15, 2019.  
Build Change was named a finalist for the AEC Excellence Awards in the categories of Innovator of the Year (Dr. Elizabeth Hausler) and Building Design (under $20 million).

The Manila Times
“Czech Republic completes assistance for Typhoon Ompong victims”
October 14, 2019. 
Czech Republic Humanitarian Aid concluded a successful project with Build Change and its nonprofit partners on September 30 to improve the local capacity of shelter response programs following Typhoon Ompong.

Philippine News Agency
“4k ‘Ompong’ victims benefit from Czech Republic’s project”
October 11, 2019. 
Czech Republic, through its embassy in Manila, announced the conclusion of its PHP7.7 million aid project with Build Change to improve the local capacity of shelter response programs in the Philippines in the aftermath of the 2018 Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong).

Philippines Graphic
“Czech Republic Assistance to PHL Communities after Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong) comes to a successful close”
October 1o, 2019. 
On September 30, the Czech Republic Humanitarian Aid concluded a successful project with Build Change and its nonprofit partners to improve the local capacity of shelter response programs following Typhoon Mangkhut (Ompong).

“Notes to Myself as a Girl: Female CEOs Tell Girls What they Need to Hear Most”
October 1o, 2019. 
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler (Founder & CEO of Build Change) and her sister, Kristin Carrington, (Founder & CEO of Carrington Risk) share their advice for today’s girls as a part of the celebration of International Day of the Girl.  (Article and image gallery)

Freethink Media
“How to End Earthquake Deaths”
August 9, 2019.
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler outlines the technology, money and people/ political will strategies deployed by Build Change around the world in pursuit of our mission: to end deaths in hurricanes and windstorms.

IBM Call for Code
“Call for Code 2019 Global Challenge Eminent Judges”
August 6, 2019.
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler was announced as an eminent judge of the 2019 IBM Call for Code Global Challenge alongside Former President Bill Clinton and numerous other CEOs, nonprofit leaders, and technology innovators.

Structural Engineering Blog
“The Role of Microfinance Institutions in Build Change’s Retrofitting Strategy”
July 29, 2019. 
Upon his arrival in the Philippines, Juan Carlos Restrepo is introduced to the important role that micro-finance institutions play in making retrofitting affordable for families. 

Prevention Web
“Colombia: Spread the word on building resilience for vulnerable communities”
July 15, 2019. 
RMS and Build Change were recognized with the Risk and Resilience Award at the British Insurance Awards following several years of partnering together in Colombia.

RMS Blog
“Spread the word on building resilience for vulnerable communities”
July 15, 2019. 
Ben Brookes, the Managing Director of Capital and Resilience Solutions at RMS, shares the background on RMS’ work in partnership with Build Change in Colombia that was honored at the British Insurance Awards.

The Denver Post
“Don’t Let Disaster Philanthropy Become A Philanthropic Disaster”
July 14, 2019. 
Bruce DeBoskey writes about how to make an effective aid contribution in the wake of a disaster to ensure the gift does not go to waste.

ARCE Magazine
“Making A Difference”
June 30, 2019. 
Dr. James Mwangi’s work with Build Change as a Simpson Strong-Tie Fellow for Engineering Excellence is profiled in the Summer edition of ARCE, the magazine of the Cal Poly College of Architecture and Environmental Design.

RMS Blog
“Impact Trek: Living (and Thriving) in Areas Exposed to Multiple Perils”
June 4, 2019. 
Simon Athawes, a Product Manager in the Model Product Management group, reflects on his impressions of the community of Pembo in Metro Manila (Philippines) as a part of the Impact Trek 2019.   

Prevention Web
“Disaster Resiliency in Housing in the Philippines: A Market Study of Residential Retrofit Financing”
June 2, 2019. 
Build Change’s study on the market for retrofit financing in the Philippines.  

RMS Blog
“Impact Trek: How to Make Millions of Homes More Resilient”
May 31, 2019. 
Theresa Lederer, a consultant in the RMS Capital and Resilience Solutions group, shares her thoughts on the 2019 Impact Trek to the Philippines 

JTI Foundation Sustainability Report
“Building Sustainability Through Resilience and Relief”
May 24, 2019.  
The JTI Foundation profiles its work with Build Change to improve housing in informal settlement communities in Manila, Philippines.

Global Shelter Cluster
“Case Study- Philippines 2016-2018/ Typhoon Haiyan”
May 23, 2019. 
Build Change’s post-typhoon work in the Philippines was profiled in the Global Shelter Cluster’s annual case study book for 2019.

Berkeley Engineering
Commencement Address
May 21, 2019.
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler delivered the commencement address for the 2019 Master’s and Ph.D. graduates of the University of California, Berkeley College of Engineering.

Understanding Risk Blog
“Understanding and Engaging the Informal Sector for Resilient Housing Across the Caribbean”
May 17, 2019. 
In this blog for the Understanding Risk- Caribbean conference, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler and her co-authors describe how lessons from Jamaica can improve resilience throughout the region.

AM Best
“Resiliency Panel: Smarter, Stronger Housing Can Lessen Disaster Impact”
May 15, 2019.
Emma Watkins of Lloyd’s, Chesley Williams of RMS, Doris Azarcon of SCOR and Michelle Nicholson of Build Change discuss how impact treks can be used to improve the disaster resiliency of countries like the Philippines.

AM Best
“Better Housing Would Alleviate Impact of Disasters”
May 14, 2019.   
Al Norris, Build Change’s Risk and Resilience Program Manager in Nepal, discusses how retrofitting existing or earthquake-damaged homes protects families from future disasters.

American Red Cross
“Nepal Earthquake: 4 Years On”
April 23, 2019.   
The American Red Cross continues to work in Nepal to help families recover from the 2015 earthquake, with technical support from Build Change.

Kathmandu Post
“Better Tools for Seismic Detection”
April 19, 2019.   
This op-ed in the Kathmandu Post makes the case for increased use of AI and apps, such as those used by Build Change, to make a more disaster-resilient Nepal.

The World Bank
“There’s No Place Like Home!” Podcast
April 18, 2019.   
The World Bank launched a new podcast series as a part of the Global Program for Resilient Housing featuring Dr. Elizabeth Hausler, among other speakers.

Structural Engineering Blog
“Build Change: Easier, Never Simple”
April 17, 2019.   
Juan Carlos Restrepo, the 2018-2019 Simpson Strong-Tie Fellow for Engineering Excellence, describes his experience so far with Build Change.

Skoll Foundation/ Skoll World Forum
“Skoll World Forum Highlights 2019”
April 12, 2019.
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler appears in this summary of the 2019 Skoll World Forum, where she presented on the topic of AI for Good

Thomson Reuters Foundation News
“Tracking Goats and Bleach, Artificial Intelligence Helps out in Crises”
April 11, 2019. 
Among many other applications, artificial intelligence can be used to help people rebuild more quickly following earthquakes, said Dr. Elizabeth Hausler.

“Getting to the Root of the Problem- AI for Good”
April 11, 2019. 
This article in Medium explores the question of whether AI is inherently good or bad, with Dr. Elizabeth Hausler providing the international development perspective.

Skoll Foundation
“Resilient Shelter for a Changing Climate”
April 11, 2019. 
In an interview with Emily Kasriel of the BBC on Facebook Live, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler describes how homes can be retrofitted to make them more resistant to earthquakes and windstorms.

Skoll Foundation
“Skoll Panel on AI and Human Rights”
April 10, 2019.  
This panel at the Skoll World Forum involved innovators from a variety of fields (including Dr. Elizabeth Hausler of Build Change) who are exploring how to use AI to solve social problems, rather than add to them.

Asian Development Bank
“Impactful Resilience Building in Communities”
March 21, 2019.  
The 2019 RMS Impact Trek to the Philippines produced a final presentation which was shared at an Asian Development Bank Knowledge Event.

RMS Blog
“Impact Trek 2019: Destination Philippines”
March 18, 2019.
This post on the RMS blog from trekker James Cosgrove reveals why the Philippines, the world’s third-most disaster prone country, was chosen as the site of this year’s trek.

RMS Blog
“Exposure Trending”
March 17, 2019.
Trekker Daniel Stander describes a snapshot of Manila, Philippines, and the role that resilience finance can play in protecting lives and property from future disasters.

RMS Blog
“Meet the RMS Impact Trekkers”
March 15, 2019.
Profiles of five of the RMS staff that participated in the 2019 Impact Trek.

RMS Blog
“Meet the Trekkers”
March 11, 2019.
Profiles of staff from Lloyd’s of London, Chaucer, and SCOR who participated in the 2019 Impact Trek.

“UN Observance of International Women’s Day 2019- Think Equal, Build Smart, Innovate for Change”
March 8, 2019.
Dr. Elizabeth Hausler participated on a panel with Lorraine Twohill, Chief Marketing Officer, Google and Kiara Nirghin, Student, Scientist and Innovator.

Simpson Strong-Tie
“Saving Lives Through Partnership”
February 7, 2019.
Lizzie Blaisdell Collins and representatives from Simpson Strong-Tie explain how the Fellowship for Engineering Excellence helps to ensure the quality of Build Change’s housing retrofits worldwide.

TED Talk
“TED Talk: How To Build Safer Housing After a Disaster”
February 6, 2019. 
With 3 billion people projected to live in substandard housing by 2030, Dr. Elizabeth Hausler declares it’s time for a housing revolution.

“Designing for Risk in Innovation”
January 9, 2019. 
This article describe Build Change’s approach to establishing demand for housing retrofit financing in the Philippines.

Structure Magazine
“Improving School Buildings In Indonesia”
January 1, 2019. 
Structure Magazine featured this article on how Build Change has protected students in Indonesia by retrofitting informally-built school buildings.

Press Releases

April 30, 2024. Build Change Welcomes New Board Member and Leaders

August 31, 2023. Colombian Government Adopts AIS 410 into Building Code to Accelerate Resilient Housing Improvements.

October 4, 2021, Build Change launches The Build Change Guide to Resilient Housing: An Essential Handbook for Governments and Practitioners

April 7, 2021, Colombian Government to Negotiate $100 Million Loan for Resilient Housing

December 19, 2019, Build Change and Simpson Strong-Tie Announce New Excellence in Engineering Fellow

May 30, 2019, Co-Founder of Archipelago Analytics and RMS Hemant Shah and Director of Autodesk Inc.’s Robotics Lab Dr. Erin Bradner Join Build Change Board of Directors

November 8, 2018, Second Build Change-Simpson Strong-Tie Engineering Excellence Fellowship Begins

October 25, 2018, Build Change Team Wins Second in IBM’s Global Tech Challenge on Disaster Resilience

September 26th, 2018, Build Change and the World Bank Announce New Global Resilient Housing Program

September 25th, 2018, Build Change CEO to Address Government Partnerships during UN General Assembly Week

May 2017. Build Change and Simpson-Strong Tie Announce Fellowship for Engineering Excellence

December 2016. Build Change Announces Aceh Earthquake Recovery Project.

November 2016. Build Change Showcases Drone Mapping Project for Reconstruction in Nepal at Autodesk University.

October 2016. Build Change Partners with Lloyd’s Charitable Trust on Disaster Prevention in Colombia and the Philippines.

April 2016. Build Change Expands Its Board of Directors

June 2015. Build Change Honored with Selection as Member of Sustainia100

September 24, 2014. Build Change Announces Strategic 10 in 10 Initiative

August 21, 2013. Build Change Selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge.

April 23, 2013. Build Change offers a sustainable solution to reduce disaster.

January 14, 2013. Build Change Completes Permanent Housing for 97 Families in Haiti With Partner J/P HRO.

December 6, 2012. Build Change Primer on Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction Approved by USAID.

November 13, 2012. Build Change Seeks Support as It Prepares to Help Earthquake Survivors Rebuild in Myanmar.

June 6, 2012. Build Change announced as finalist for prestigious World Habitat Awards.

September 2011. Build Change Commits to Improving Concrete Block-Making Skills in Haiti in Collaboration with Save the Children and Haitian Ministry of Public Works

September 2011. Build Change Announces Commitment to Training Vocational Teachers in Indonesia at 2011 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting

August 30, 2011. Dr. Hausler is awarded the 2011 US Social Entrepreneur of the Year Award by the Schwab Foundation.

May 10, 2011. Dr. Hausler is awarded the 2011 $100,000 Lemelson-MIT Sustainability Award in recognition of the Build Change model.

July 2009. Square and Circle Club Awards Grant to Build Change for Sichuan Earthquake Rebuilding.

April 22, 2009. Build Change Expands Homeowner Training and Construction Supervision in Sichuan, China. At the request of the Tumen party secretary, Build Change is scaling up to train homeowners and supervise construction throughout Tumen Township in earthquake-hit Mianzhu.

September 2008. Build Change Named 2008 Tech Awards Laureate by the San Jose Tech Museum of Innovation. Read the press release.

March 2006. Draper Richards Foundation awards a 3-Year Grant to Build Change. Read the press release.

May 2004. Echoing Green announces 2004 Fellowship. See the press release.


June 2017 Summer Update – How Ishwari Inspired her Community

May 2017 Exciting New Engineering Fellowship Opportunity

March 2017 Build Change Wins 2017 Skoll Award!

October 2016 Celebrating Disaster Risk Reduction with Lloyd’s Charities Trust

July 2016 Summer 2016 Newsletter

May 2016 Post-earthquake Reconnaissance in Ecuador 

March 2016 Spring 2016 Newsletter

August 2015 Saving Lives through Retrofitting in Colombia

July 2015 Build Change News: Summer 2015

April 2015 Rebuild Nepal for Long-Term Safety

January 2015 It’s been 5 years since the massive Haiti earthquake

January 2015 Thank you for your support in 2014

December 2014 We are slowly rebuilding our lives

December 2014 Happy Holidays

December 2014 Eusi and Helen: From helpless to heroes

November 2014 Happy Thanksgiving from Build Change

November 2014 Support us with a quick vote!

November 2014 A year after Typhoon Haiyan…

October 2014 Build Change News: October 2014

September 2014 10th Anniversary

June 2014 Build Change News: June 2014

April 2014 We Did It!

March 2014 We’re almost there. We need your help to reach our $5,000 goal by MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (EST)!

March 2014 We’re halfway there! Please help us reach the $5,000 we need to train Cekal Village to build earthquake-safe homes!

March 2014 International Women’s Day 2014 Message from CEO

March 2014 This March, please help us ensure that homes in Cekal Village, Indonesia, are safe during earthquakes.

February 2014 Build Change News: Feb 13, 2014

December 2013 Thank You for a Great Year!

December 2013 Happy Holidays from Build Change

December 2013 You Can Make Schools Safe in Indonesia

December 2013 Retrofitting Homes in the Philippines

December 2013 Whose life will you change today?

December 2013 Looking for a chance to give back after Black Friday and Cyber Monday?

November 2013 Thanksgiving Message from the CEO

November 2013 Build Change created over 5,100 Jobs in Haiti!

September 2013 Stop the Cycle: Help Families in Aceh Rebuild Safely, Permanently.

August 2013 Build Change: Semi-Finalist for 2013 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

April 2013 Earthquakes are inevitable. Disasters don’t have to be.

March 2013 International Women’s Day: Celebrate Women in Construction

March 2013 Celebrate Women in Construction! International Women’s Day is March 8, 2013. Learn about how Build Change is focusing on the vital role women play in the construction industry to celebrate this day. Click here to read the flyer in Bahasa.

January 2013 Build Change Completes Permanent Housing for 97 Families in Haiti With Partner J/P HRO

January 2013 Build Change Indonesia Newsletter. Learn about Build Change’s recent projects and activities in Indonesia, including the Grand Opening of our new office in Bandung.

December 2012 6,300 People in Haiti Living in Safe, Permanent Homes

December 2012 Give a gift that makes a big difference!

December 2012 Build Change Primer on Post-Disaster Housing Reconstruction Approved by USAID

November 2012 Give the Gift of Home

November 2012 Help Earthquake Survivors in Myanmar Rebuild Safely

October 2012 International Day for Disaster Reduction

June 2012 Build Change Announced as 2012 Finalist for World Habitat Awards

December 2011 Give Fruitcake a Chance

December 2011 Annual Appeal 2011

December 2011 Haiti Job Postings

November 2011 Hilti Donation Press Release

October 2011 Degenkolb Partnership in Haiti

September 2011 2011 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Haiti Press Release

September 2011 2011 Clinton Global Initiative Commitment Indonesia Press Release

September 2011 2011 Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneur

May 2011 2011 Lemelson-MIT Sustainability Award Winner

March 2011 Earthquake in Japan

March 2011 Job Opportunities with Build Change

December 2010 2010 Holiday Newsletter

May 2009 1st Anniversary of May 12, 2008 Earthquake in Sichuan, China

December 2008 2008 Holiday Newsletter

November 2008 Build Change Wins 2008 Tech Award for Technology Benefiting Humanity

April 2008 West Sumatra Program Update

December 2007 2007 Holiday Newsletter