Could this design make houses more earthquake resistant?
15 May 2015 Last updated at 00:10 BST
A team of civil engineers has developed an earthquake resistant home which they say could stand up to a major quake.
The researchers at Stanford University combined seismic isolators - which allow the ground to move independently of the structure above it - and a unibody design which creates a more solid house structure.
Isolators have been used for commercial buildings for many years but have been too expensive to use on homes until now.
The BBC's Sumi Das reports.