When it comes to buildings and structures, what do you think is the most important aspect? Their aesthetic appeal, structural sustainability, or something else?
For the experts at Octaform, our number one priority is safety.
As buildings continue to become taller and more durable, there are not many things that can damage them. On the other hand, their sheer size could also lead to a tragedy in case of a natural disaster – such as an earthquake.
For this reason, there have been growing calls for buildings to include earthquake protection so as to warrant a certain level of safety to the residents.
Earthquake-Resistant Buildings Are A Safer Way To Live.
Why Is Earthquake Protection Important?
There is a very famous saying: ‘Earthquakes don’t kill people, buildings do.’
As new and advanced construction techniques continue to gain popularity, our structures have drastically grown in size.
Consider this: the world’s first ‘skyscraper’, the Home Insurance Building in Chicago, was only 138 feet in height when it opened up in 1884. In perspective, the current tallest structure in the world, the ‘Burj Khalifa’, is an astonishing 830 meters tall!
A modern building is a massive block of cement, steel, and other materials that can cause horrifying damage once an earthquake hits the land. Additionally, the number of disasters the world experiences are growing at an alarming rate – and so, this signals an urgent need for building earthquake-resistant structures.
According to the National Earthquake Information Center, approximately 12,000-14,000 earthquakes occur each year. While most of them are considered minor, all it takes is one major earthquake to dismantle an entire region.
For instance, a magnitude 7.0 earthquake is supposedly a ‘moderate’ level earthquake and should not be potent enough to cause widespread damage. In fact, earthquakes of this magnitude occur frequently – about 20 times a year.
However, when a 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, it caused widespread damages and unprecedented devastation – and it took approximately $8.5 billion to reconstruct.
The main culprit? Poor construction techniques and a lack of earthquake-resistant buildings materials that led to thousands of deaths as people were trapped under structures without the necessary earthquake protection.
Your Structure Needs Seismic Upgrading – Now!
An earthquake safe structure allows you a peace of mind about the dangers that accompany defective materials and building techniques.
This is where Octaform comes in; as pioneers in the construction arena, we continuously strive to provide our clients with the highest caliber of quality and safe construction.
Our trademark earthquake-resistant building materials allow you to strengthen the structure of your building considerably, adding a strong line of defense when faced with natural calamities like earthquakes.
An Earthquake-Resistant Building Design That Offers You The Best Of Both Worlds.
A seismic upgrade is no small task as no two retrofit projects are the same. Owing to our seismic upgrade expertise, Octaform is able to allow our clients the ability to leverage maximum results on the most difficult of retrofits.
From strengthening different connections throughout the structure to optimizing continuity ties and roof diaphragms, we make sure to integrate leading earthquake-resistant building technology to your structures.
EARTHQUAKE-RESISTANT BUILDING MATERIALS
When it comes to earthquake protection, Octaform takes pride in manufacturing industry-leading products that set the benchmark for heightened safety and security against safety hazards posed by earthquakes.
Here’s a look into two of our most prolific, earthquake-resistant building materials:
As our patented forming system, Octaform’s FormWork is a strong and durable building material that helps fortify your structure against violent jolts and aftershocks.
Not only is it highly effective, but its added strength and durability are a definite bonus. Here’s what it includes:
- Rebar – Reinforced steel adds more tensile strength to assist concrete under tension
- Wall Thickness – Added connectors to help thicken your walls from 4” to 24” – adding further durability to your structure
- Concrete – The all-important ingredient to round off solid, earthquake-resistant buildings
Octaform’s ColumnArmor is yet another high-end product that has taken the safe construction industry by storm. As a premium and versatile jacket system, it forms an important part of building an earthquake-protected structure.
- Corner Bracing – Flexible bracing that allows you to maintain corner angles and strengthen heavily corroded columns. This is an important aspect when it comes to providing extra flexibility against earthquakes
- Flexible Standoff – A flexible standoff stabilizes the concrete pour and helps maintain a specified distance on all sides of the structure
- PVC – Protects your columns from corrosion to extend their durability
When it comes to earthquake protection for buildings, Octaform has always been at the forefront – our decades worth of seismic upgrading expertise, coupled with our innovative products, make us an authority in building earthquake-resistant structures.
Are you interested in building an earthquake-resistant structure for your commercial facility?