Earthquake Retrofit

1 May, 2023

Does your apartment building pass the 80% test?

By |2023-05-16T17:03:21+00:00May 1st, 2023|AAGLA, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofit Benefits, Earthquake Risk, Seismic Resilience|

Real estate trends are fueled by popular opinion. Wood paneling and shag carpet have long since made way for today’s bright walls and wood-style flooring. Functionality has changed as well, with tenants demanding larger open spaces, natural light, and now — seismic safety.

A whopping 80% of Los Angeles residents support […]

1 April, 2023

Federal study dives deep into earthquake resilience and economics

By |2023-05-02T15:30:08+00:00April 1st, 2023|Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

What do earthquakes and building safety have to do with the economy? A new federal study is doing a thorough analysis of this topic, identifying a framework of codes and standards to protect not just lives but livelihoods in the face of earthquake disaster.

The National Institute of Standards and Technology, […]

2 March, 2023

Structural retrofits reduce the carbon footprint

By |2023-03-10T21:17:28+00:00March 2nd, 2023|Adaptive Reuse, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

Staggering environmental consequences of demolition and construction debris are leading construction and development firms, as well as government agencies and industry organizations, to advocate for waste reduction and recycling.

Total building-related demolition and construction waste in the nation is estimated to be 135.5 million tons — a figure that represents, at […]

2 March, 2023

How much would an earthquake cost you?

By |2023-03-17T17:31:53+00:00March 2nd, 2023|AAOC, Earthquake Retrofit, Seismic Resilience, Seismic Retrofit|

Sixty miles up the 405 freeway stands the sprawling 95-acre Anheuser-Busch brewery where, since 1954, some of the world’s most famous beer labels are made: Budweiser, Bud Light and more recent labels like Bud Ice, Kirin Ichiban and Chelada.

That Van Nuys facility today is a testament to the financial benefits […]

1 February, 2023

Earthquakes highlight need for resilience in California

By |2023-02-08T21:18:49+00:00February 1st, 2023|AAOC, Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit|

Two recent earthquakes — 6.4 magnitude earthquake and a 5.4 aftershock — have seriously shaken Humboldt County in less than two weeks.  The quakes have damaged bridges, shaken homes off their foundations, left some 72,000 homes and businesses without electricity, and disrupted phone and internet service.

Only the nearby airport and […]

3 January, 2023

Simple Strategies to Planning an Earthquake Retrofit

By |2023-01-04T00:11:44+00:00January 3rd, 2023|AACSC, Earthquake Retrofit|

California has an average of about 21 earthquakes per day, 150 quakes per week, 7,750 a year.

Most are too small to be noticed, yet our state sees more seismic activity than virtually any other place in the world. California also experiences more earthquake damage than other parts of the U.S. […]

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 […]

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 […]

4 January, 2022

Earthquake retrofits are a good business investment

By |2022-01-20T01:59:59+00:00January 4th, 2022|Earthquake Resilience, Earthquake Retrofit, Earthquake Retrofits|

Humans, in ancient times, believed earthquakes were caused by huge animals, angry gods and giants.

Current folklore attempts to find causal links between moon phases and earthquakes, but this theory has been debunked by science.

What we do know is that earthquakes are frequent in California, and that Southern California is long […]