April 23, 2013 The World Economic Forum publishes Build Change’s blog post “What Latin America Needs to Know About Earthquakes” in anticipation of Build Change’s expansion to Latin America. Read it here. The Inter-American Development Bank picks it up a few months later and translates it to Spanish.
July 2011 Elizabeth is honored by ELLE as one of “9 for All Mankind”, nine women who are educating, rebuilding, doctoring, employing, and sustaining the world.
June 2011 Elizabeth wins the 2011 Lemelson-MIT Award for Sustainability
2011 In Indonesia, Build Change expands a partnership with Caterpillar Foundation to train vocational students and teachers, reaching over 6,000. In Haiti, Build Change spends most of the year developing retrofitting guidelines and training people, waiting for someone to start deploying cash subsidies for materials and labor for housing reconstruction. The money in Money – Technology – People is so far missing; a stool with two legs cannot stand. These short courses are good for building awareness but have limited long-term impact on skills development because they are not done on-the-job while rebuilding homes.
October 2010 Hilti Foundation becomes a major partner and donor and takes a board seat. With the Hilti Foundation support, Build Change builds a senior management team, which eventually grows to 10 people on the 10th anniversary, 50% women.
September 2010 Build Change writes an article chronicling the experience in trying to shift donors and agencies to homeowner-driven reconstruction, published in Innovations journal and released at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, where Elizabeth is a speaker on an innovative design panel. An essay by Dr. Hausler on the Build Change homeowner-driven model in Haiti is featured in the Innovations Journal, published by MIT press and the Clinton Global Initiative. Read the essay.
April 16, 2010 Wired includes Build Change in a blog on rebuilding Haiti: “This is why Build Change doesn’t win a lot of these cool, prestigious awards,” Hausler says. “What we do is very low-tech. It’s not very fancy. It’s not really anything new. It’s just improving an existing technology, but by doing that we reach so many more people with locally appropriate solutions.”… LINK: Wired Covers Build Change’s Work
March 2010 Build Change goes to Haiti, meets these homeowners on the edge of Leogane, who have already started rebuilding. They have invested their own resources in building a safer building, and are eager for more information on disaster-resistant construction. The first sign that the homeowner-driven model can work in Haiti.
January 18, 2010 The New York Times features Build Change in an article about rebuilding after Haiti: “Managing Disasters with Small Steps”
January 12, 2010 A catastrophic Mw = 7.0 earthquake hits near Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Over 100,000 people were killed; 250,000 housing units lost. The previous day, the Build Change board of directors endorsed an expansion plan to Latin America to work with people to build safe buildings before an earthquake strikes; that expansion is put on hold.
October 14, 2009 The Jakarta Globe Covers Build Change Work in Padang
September 30, 2009 Another earthquake hits West Sumatra, proof of concept for Build Change: none of the 655 homeowners who followed Build Change minimum standards for safe construction have damage in this earthquake. Build Change expands operations again, supporting NGOs such as CARE, Catholic Relief Services, Mercy Corps, Oxfam, and Save the Children to provide technical assistance for safe housing reconstruction and builders training programs. While external agencies promote temporary shelters and masonry structures, Build Change supports the local government in promoting timber frame buildings, already common and preferred, and a cash plus technical assistance rebuilding model (homeowner-driven reconstruction).
August 28, 2009 Elizabeth wins and Ashoka-Lemelson fellowship.
May 5, 2009 Near the first anniversary of the Wenchuan earthquake, NPR All Things Considered runs a story on Build Change’s homeowner-driven reconstruction program in China. LINK: NPR Story on Rebuilding in China
April 2, 2009 Paul VanderMarck, Chief Products Officer with Risk Management Solutions, joins Build Change board of directors.