How Earthquake Resistant Houses Are Built
Earthquakes can occur at random times of the year with almost no signs. They can destroy cities and affect rural areas. Even worse, they can take lives.
Because experts cannot predict when earthquakes will happen, they decided to do something to at least prevent the damage that they bring. In cooperation with emergency management agencies, they introduce practices and impose regulations in building earthquake resistant structures.
Why Have an Earthquake Resistant House?
In order to endure the movements and the shaking of the ground, as well as to reduce the damage, experts designed earthquake resistant houses and structures. These structures are built with the following characteristics in mind: strength, foundation, redundancy, load paths, and regularity.
How to Build Earthquake Resistant House
Below are the general steps taken to build earthquake resistant structures:
Step 2. Build the floor using a light material similar to the roof.Most earthquake resistant structures have floors that are built using the same material used in the roof. This could be plain timber, chipboard, or plywood.
Step 3. Make sure the buildings can sustain sideways pressure.An ideal structure should be able to resist sideways pressure. It has to brace the movements in a diagonal fashion to resist the sideways loads of debris. Step 4: Build a wooden frame housing.Because wood is lightweight, it is able to resist earthquakes. Considering that fact, you can build a wooden frame first.
Step 5. Have a panel system for residential properties.If you are building an earthquake resistant house, establish a panel system. Set up the system horizontally and vertically in such a way that they surround the rooms of the house. Make sure that these panels can support the house’s structural integrity.
Step 6. Use the modular building system.Ever heard of the modular building system? It may be new, but this system is ideal for building houses that can resist earthquakes. In a modular building system, ready-made boxes are stacked and connected together. The walls formed by the boxes can resist shaking caused by an earthquake, regardless of the directions.
The next time you’re considering to build earthquake resistant houses, don’t stress yourself. Call the experts and let us build your home.
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