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7 October, 2022

Is your business disaster-proof?

By |2022-10-10T23:38:56+00:00October 7th, 2022|Buildings Resilience, Buildings Vulnerabilities, Businesses and disaster, Commercial Buildings|

Media coverage always goes for the dramatic, and coverage of the Northridge earthquake was no exception – flashing visuals of flattened apartment buildings, collapsed freeway overpasses and grotesquely twisted steel-framed structures dominated the airwaves long after the disaster struck.

What wasn’t shown – but was just as alarming – is that […]

23 September, 2022

Is your business disaster-proof?

By |2022-09-28T21:35:49+00:00September 23rd, 2022|Businesses and disaster|

Media coverage always goes for the dramatic, and coverage of the Northridge earthquake was no exception – flashing visuals of flattened apartment buildings, collapsed freeway overpasses and grotesquely twisted steel-framed structures dominated the airwaves long after the disaster struck.

What wasn’t shown – but was just as alarming – is that […]

9 June, 2022

Seismic retrofits protect affordable housing

By |2022-06-15T13:16:08+00:00June 9th, 2022|AACSC, Seismic Resilience, Seismic Retrofit|

Plans to convert Long Beach Community Hospital into a multi-service health care campus were recently stalled as officials reviewed a state law requiring governments to give priority to affordable housing developers when selling or leasing surplus land.

When the 98-year-old hospital failed to meet California’s more stringent seismic requirements for a […]

2 June, 2022

Balcony Law Requires Inspection, Repairs

By |2022-06-15T18:13:06+00:00June 2nd, 2022|balcony Laws, SDCAA|

Balconies are a significant draw for apartment renters, particularly in places with great weather like San Diego – considered one of the best climates on Earth.  Balconies, decks and elevated walkways are a valuable amenity in Southern California’s multifamily real estate market — popular with renters for providing easy access […]

1 June, 2022

Will Earthquake denial make disaster worse?

By |2022-06-15T13:00:27+00:00June 1st, 2022|AAGLA, earthquake preparedness, Earthquake Protection, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

Many Californians live in a form of earthquake denial. We laugh them off, ignore their ever-present threat to our lives and livelihoods. After all, some reason, we’ve lived through earthquakes before. Why should the next one be different?

The stark reality is that protecting ourselves from earthquakes should be on all […]

5 May, 2022

Is dry rot eating away your fortune?

By |2022-06-15T13:36:43+00:00May 5th, 2022|AAOC, balcony Laws|

Does your building show the telltale signs of dry rot?

Bubbling paint. Spots of orange-brown spore dust. Brittle or spongy wood that crumbles at the touch.

Tenant complaints of a fungus growing out of the wood on a fifth-floor balcony in Berkeley were repeatedly ignored until 2015, when that balcony collapsed, killing […]

3 May, 2022

Renovations and retrofits improve apartment buildings

By |2022-06-15T13:28:04+00:00May 3rd, 2022|AAOC, Adaptive Reuse|

Victorian and Queen Anne mansions were once all the rage. These stately and ornate structures, with brightly colored facades, turrets, spires and wrap-around porches, were built to impress — reflecting the optimism and opulence of a society experiencing unprecedented prosperity from industrialization and improvements in transit and communication. It was […]

2 May, 2022

Balcony laws require inspections, repairs

By |2022-06-15T13:25:08+00:00May 2nd, 2022|AACSC, balcony Laws|

Coastal communities provide an abundance of breathtaking views, often enjoyed from rows of balconies facing west to the ocean and setting sun. These perches are iconic in seaside communities — a big draw for tenants entertaining friends, relaxing with a book, or enjoying their own piece of the outdoors.

Considered a […]

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 […]

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