Country’s building practice saved many structures during the quake

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013


BUILDING experts in Cebu urged the public to invest in building materials to ensure their structures are earthquake-resistant.

Some retrofit their buildings, but the process is expensive.

Emmanuel “Noel” Avila, a civil engineer and architect, yesterday said the public must reinforce the foundation of their structures by installing tie beams.

Avila, who is one of the district directors of the United Architects of the Philippines here in Cebu, said buildings in the country tend to survive earthquakes because of the quality and type of materials used in their construction.

Upgrading, retrofitting

“We are actually more lucky compared to recent earthquake-ravaged areas, such as Haiti and Indonesia, which use bricks when constructing their houses,” he said.

Private engineer and contractor Pericles “Ricky” Dakay said buildings in Cebu should comply with recent design codes.

He reminded the public that buildings are often subject to “wear and tear” and must be upgraded to resist different types of forces.

Dakay, who owns Dakay Construction and Development Corp., said some people retrofit their buildings to make these earthquake-resistant.

Retrofitting is the process of strengthening older buildings.

Dakay said retrofitting is only good for buildings that have sustained minor or no damage.

He also reminded the public to consider using ductile materials that are able to withstand forces caused by an earthquake.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on October 22, 2013.

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