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Safety, reliability and feasibility: bringing Japanese technology to Nepal

For the EF Nepal team, getting ready to welcome a new calendar year meant finalizing many plans and procedures. The most exciting outcome of December was the sanctioning of the technology that will be used to ensure the structural safety of Shree Jalapa Devi Higher Secondary School.

The EF team has been working very closely with Japanese consultants from Yoshizawa Architectural & Structural Design to ensure the safe reconstruction of the school campus. As a result of Japan’s geographic location – and the fact that the country is prone to both direct and indirect effects of natural disasters – Japan has developed unique construction technologies to withstand the devastating effects of these disasters. Yoshizawa will implement one these technologies for the first time ever in Nepal: Super Reinforcement with Flexibility (SRF).

“SRF” also happens to describe the principles that embody EF Nepal’s primary goals for the rebuild of Jalapa Devi HSS: Safety, Reliability, Feasibility. The ideal outcome of this project is the creation of a safe and reliable learning environment that is not only able to withstand harsh environmental hazards, but can also be feasibly replicated as the new school building standard. All students deserve a place where they can continually develop and learn, opening doors to their futures without disruption.

With a new year comes new challenges and accomplishments. For the EF Nepal project, 2017 will be significant as the completion of Shree Jalapa Devi HSS is visible on the horizon. Stay tuned to see what other exciting updates might be in store in the New Year!

SRF technology has been used across Japan on over 1400 projects and will be used in Nepal for the first time to reinforce the structure of Shree Jalapa Devi HSS.

The inside of an SRF wrapped column after seven seismic waves.

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