TANGGERANG – The Agency for Assessment and Application of Technology, or BPPT, has launched its newest innovation in the form of an earthquake proof house.

BPPT chairman Hammam Riza said a series of tremors in 2018 was a reminder that the natural disaster could pose devastating threats such as damaging buildings and inflicting casualties.

Bale Kohana is a result of BPPT’s years-long assessment on many aspects of an earthquake proof house, such as design, construction, material and structure.

“We need to anticipate the risks from earthquake, such as destructed residential buildings, by creating earthquake proof houses,” said Hammam during the launching event on May 22, 2019, at the Puspiptek compound in South Tangerang.

Hammam said Indonesia needed to follow the example of Japan, a tremor-prone country that has provided its citizens with earthquake proof house designs.

BPPT’s material technology center, or PTM, has been developing a design for a quickly built house since 2016. The agency’s partners in providing the material for the first Bale Kohana building are PT Bondor Indonesia and PT Tata logam Lestari.

Hammam has a hope that the Bale Kohana program could support the implementation of infrastructure strengthening program in underdeveloped regions and disaster resilience, which is a top priority in the government’s 2020 work plans.

“We hope that this innovation could be immediately implemented in many earthquake prone areas in this country,” said Hammam.

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