20 April, 2022

Is renovation the key to sustainability of our cities?

By |2022-04-25T20:37:49+00:00April 20th, 2022|Adaptive Reuse|

Is it economically and environmentally more viable to extend the life of an existing building through renovation – or to demolish it, dispose of it, and rebuild?

Researcher Peter A. Bullen of the Curtin University of Technology in Perth, Australia, asked building owners that question and found 83% of respondents felt […]

4 March, 2022

New, active earthquake faults found in Long Beach and Seal Beach

By |2022-03-10T17:51:35+00:00March 4th, 2022|AACSC, Buildings Resilience, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

Southern California’s mountain ranges are a regional treasure, providing a spectacular backdrop to the communities that make Greater Los Angeles their home.

These natural beauties are the result of a complex web of earthquake faults – ranging in length from less than a mile to hundreds of miles long – crisscrossing […]

3 March, 2022

Will your building be 1 of 16 red-tagged?

By |2022-03-10T17:39:17+00:00March 3rd, 2022|AAOC, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

Nobody knows exactly where or when the next major earthquake will strike, but we do know that quakes are inevitable in California and many other states.

It’s also clear what types of buildings will likely suffer the most damage from seismic shaking.

Beyond these basic points, it’s always best to assess your […]

2 March, 2022

Earthquake shakes San Diego, but more devastating quake looms

By |2022-03-10T16:56:11+00:00March 2nd, 2022|Earthquake Safety, SDCAA, Seismic Safety|

Did you feel that jarring 4.0 magnitude jolt of an earthquake recently?

People across San Diego County reported feeling the Jan. 30 temblor, which struck near the Palomar Observatory but could be felt from Chula Vista to Escondido, and into parts of Riverside and Orange counties.

“It was really powerful,” Valerie Mitchell […]

1 March, 2022

Get straight answers on earthquake retrofits

By |2022-03-10T15:52:52+00:00March 1st, 2022|AAGLA, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit Benefits, Earthquake Retrofits|

I recently ran across the following question in a social media post:

Q: Is there a way to know how safe your apartment building is in case of an earthquake?

One person answered that if the apartment is still standing, it has survived everything until now — wrongly implying the building […]

4 February, 2022

Are your building’s balconies safe?

By |2022-02-08T18:05:25+00:00February 4th, 2022|balcony Laws, Buildings Resilience, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

She was a college student from Dublin, spending the summer in California, when plans to celebrate her 21st birthday with friends turned deadly – and ultimately led to stricter oversight of balconies, decks and other external elevated structures on apartment buildings.

Aoife Beary was one of seven students seriously injured when […]

4 February, 2022

Will your business survive a major earthquake?

By |2022-02-15T00:31:22+00:00February 4th, 2022|Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofit Benefits, SDCAA|

Small businesses, the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, are often the first to suffer from natural disasters such as earthquakes.

Although they create two-thirds of new jobs and stimulate economic growth – particularly in our region’s underrepresented communities – small businesses are often least prepared to withstand disasters

The COVID-19 pandemic brought […]

3 February, 2022

Protecting Orange County against disaster

By |2022-02-15T00:26:57+00:00February 3rd, 2022|AAOC, Buildings Vulnerabilities, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience|

Orange County’s economy is robust: leading most other U.S. counties, many states – even some countries – in terms of output.

The region’s gross domestic product, at $221 billion in 2020, surpasses that of Oregon and New Zealand, and nearly tops Google, the Orange County Register recently reported.

As the ninth largest […]

2 February, 2022

Earthquakes and Tsunamis: A Double-Whammy for Coastal Communities

By |2022-02-15T00:20:08+00:00February 2nd, 2022|AACSC, Earthquake Safety, Structural Safety, Tsunamis|

Two significant earthquake threats face communities in the Apartment Association of California Southern Cities area. The first is the risk of building damage associated with seismic shaking. The second is more localized along low coastal areas — the danger of a tsunami triggered by an earthquake that may occur thousands […]

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