Earthquakes are devastating. They cause tremendous damage to lives and properties; the culprit mostly being inadequate construction norms and procedures. The extent of damage during an earthquake depends largely on the construction practices that are followed in that particular region or affected area. This exposes us to the vulnerability of our building codes and incompetent designs.
As a matter of fact, India has witnessed a series of catastrophic earthquakes in the past few decades – for this, our government has implemented strict construction measures and improved its standards to build earthquake-resistant buildings in the areas prone to an earthquake or seismic activity.
Below, we’ve highlighted a few recommendations following national building codes: adhere to these retrofit measures and reinforce earthquake resistant buildings.
Light and Flexible
We have to keep the building construction as light and flexible as possible. The seismic energy generated increases with the height and mass of a building. Therefore, adopting light-weight materials is the key. It is very important to absorb and distribute all the energy of their movement when an earthquake occurs. This will keep the building from crumbling down.
Bend Without Breaking
The mantra – use materials that can bend without breaking! It will not only make the building shock absorbent but also help withstand any drastic seismic shock. For this, TMT bars are an excellent choice. They exhibit a soft inner core but a strong exterior with a high elongation point. As a result, they have amazing shock absorbing properties.
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Thin Concrete Floor Helps
If you sift through government recommendations regarding seismic-resistant construction norms, you will find that strong emphasis has been given on building small but reinforced concrete stripes in the walls at the lintel, plinth and roof levels. They are to be run horizontally throughout the walls so as to bind well all the components of the building together. Also, the materials and practices used to construct the building should be of high quality.
What’s more, it is imperative to keep the partitions and walls extremely thin and light in order to protect the building from falling down. Hence, building thin concrete floors help. It ensures that integrity is maintained during seismic activity.
Load-Bearing Structures, a Strict NO-NO
Following the lessons from the past, load-bearing structures do very little when an earthquake strikes. Basically, they are not earthquake-resistant. We have witnessed how the buildings that suffered colossal damage during Nepal Earthquake in 2015 were load-bearing structures.
As a result, we suggest you secure your building’s construction with our strong TMT bars and follow all the right design codes introduced and modified by the National Building Codes of India.