Build Change’s team of local technical experts (engineers, architects, and construction supervisors) worked for 2.5 years with the tsunami survivors in Banda Aceh to rebuild safe, sustainable houses.

    • 478 earthquake-resistant houses built
    • 310 trained technical high school students
    • 62 trained teachers
    • 267 trained builders

Build Change provided design assistance, construction supervision, and training for builders, homeowners and technical high school students in West Sumatra and Bengkulu, Indonesia.


Region and Risks

On December 26, 2004, an 9.2-magnitude earthquake on the Sunda trench caused the Indian Ocean tsunami. This was the third largest earthquake ever recorded by seismograph, lasting nearly 10 minutes.

The earthquake and resulting tsunami leveled over 60% of Banda Aceh’s structures and killed over 220,000 people in the Aceh province.



2006 SEAONC Excellence in Structural Engineering Award

Build Change’s house design for Aceh received an Excellence in Structural Engineering Award from the Structural Engineers Association of Northern California.