Saturday, April 10, 2010

Extreme Building Codes

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Below is an excerpt from an excellent article detailing the benefits of good Building Codes and enforcement of the same.

"The technology has rarely been applied to residences, with a few exceptions. After losing his Oakland home to a wildfire in 1991, Randolph Langenbach, a retired senior analyst at FEMA and a professor emeritus of architecture at UCB, started from scratch. He designed a "damped sway foundation system" that wedded vibration-absorbing, four-foot-long fluid dampers to a steel frame. "This is the only home with this design," Langenbach says. Building the residence this way was more economical than the standard code solution: burying beams deep into the local clay-like soil. To develop the method, Langenbach studied how low-tech, traditionally constructed timber and masonry homes in Kashmir and Iran hold strong during earthquakes. He thinks there is much to be learned from indigenous architectures that have been honed in quake-plagued environments."

Extreme Building Codes Save Lives

James L. Salmon
Of Counsel
Beatty Bangle Strama, p.c.
400 West 15th Street Suite 1450
Austin, Texas 78701
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