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The World Economic Forum and Schwab Foundation teamed up on this series to feature leading social entrepreneurs, including our own Elizabeth Hausler Strand.

This video and article detail how Build Change’s process works with builders and their communities around the world to create a safer future.

Lilia Caberio was one of the first home owners we worked with after Typhoon Haiyan hit the Philippines in 2013.

She shares her story with our team in Sulangan, Phippines in this interivew, in which she tells of losing everything and working with Build Change and Cordaid to rebuild a stronger home.

Why is retrofitting important? It saves lives in future natural disasters.

That is why we have launched a 50‐house retrofitting project in Colombia with Caja de la Vivienda Popular, Swiss Re Foundation, and RMS!

Thank you to the Autodesk Foundation and Micro‐Documentaries for producing this video.

ANA, the largest airline in Japan, has launched its Blue Wing Wings for Change program

Share, Fly, and Donate Miles
Each time you buy a flight, or share an article from our Changemaker page to social media, ANA donates to Build Change. You can also donate your ANA Mileage.

Get involved today on our Changemaker page

Civil and Structural Engineer Magazine

February 1, 2016

Our own Jennifer Pazdon wrote this article on Build Change’s programs for Civil and Structural Engineer Magazine.

OpenIDEO Urban Resilience Challenge

January 28, 2016

Our project to build resilience in the slums of Metro Manila through retrofitting was one of 8 winners of the OpenIDEO Urban Resilience Challenge.

Autodesk University

December 2, 2015

Director of Engineering Lizzie Blaisdell presented at the “Inspiration to Impact” session at Autodesk University in Las Vegas

World Economic Forum Blog

October 19, 2015

Elizabeth Hausler Strand and Juan Caballero write a blog for the World Economic Forum on “How Colombia is Preparing for its Next Earthquake.”

The World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Risk & Resilience

October 2015

Build Change’s work in Nepal is utilized in this report on “Building Resilience in Nepal through Public-Private Partnerships.”

Berkeley Distinguished Alumni Lecture

October 8, 2015

Dr. Elizabeth Hausler Strand delivers the 2015 UC-Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering Department Academy of Distinguished Alumni Fall Distinguished Lecture.

Build Change.

Build Change saves lives in earthquakes and windstorms by empowering people in emerging nations to build homes and schools that will protect their families and children.

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Safer Houses.

Everyone, regardless of income and education, has the right to a safe home.

Safer Schools.

Kids should focus on learning, not whether or not their school will collapse in an earthquake.

Trained Construction Workforce.

Hands-on training works for engineers, masons, carpenters and homeowners.

Better Building Materials and More Jobs.

Three goals: stronger building materials, greater incomes, and lower environmental impacts.

Empowered Governments.

We work with governments to enforce building standards.

Highly Leveraged Donors and NGOs.

Reduce the cost per impact by choosing homeowner-driven reconstruction.


Tools for Safe Construction

For local education and for use by engineers and builders

New Building Guides
Retrofitting Guides
Building Materials
Videos, Booklets, & Posters
Post-Disaster Reconnaissance Reports


Safer People

Safer Buildings

People Trained

Jobs Created

Organizations Changed

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    Build Change
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    Denver, CO 80202 USA
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Teaching retrofitting to make homes and schools safe


Rebuilding, retrofitting and creating jobs


Training vocational students, builders and homeowners to build safer homes


Creating long-term safety


Partnering with local government to rebuild and prepare for future natural disasters