Earthquake statement

Lightweight-Construction materials improve earthquake Resistance in Buildings: In 2016, a series of devastating earthquakes in Italy led to the harrowing loss of life. This tragedy was partially the result of the buildings and infrastructure being severely damaged in the process.

Following such a shocking event, one of the most prominent questions which arises is what could be done to prevent similar catastrophes in the future? While it is difficult to predict when the next earthquake will hit, experts such as those seated at the Seismic Hazard Harmonisation in Europe (SHARE) are aware of which regions are at risk – which, in Europe, includes its central regions, most of the Mediterranean but also areas adjacent to the Black Sea– and what level of force could be expected.

Effective preparation can go a long way towards helping buildings and infrastructure withstand structural disintegration in the event of an earthquake. In fact, the technology is readily available to allow for constructing buildings which are highly-resistant to earthquakes, and yet uncompromising with their design or functionality, including listed or heritage structures.
Admittedly, rapidly converting existing buildings is often difficult due to time and investment restrictions. The authorities could therefore benefit the most from implementing earthquake-resistant, design requirements within the planning and construction process when it comes to new or modernised buildings.
As such, the quintessential pillar of structural resistance is the type of construction material. Using lightweight materials such as autoclaved aerated concrete, so as to lower a building’s mass, has the proven ability to reduce an earthquake’s impact and help protect its integrity.

Experience from other regions

In 1999, Turkey experienced one of the most destructive earthquakes, entitled Marmara, which caused more than 52,000 buildings to collapse, of which 45% had to be demolished.
The Turkish Ministry’s investigations into affected buildings, in the aftermath of the earthquake, revealed that the monolayer or two-storey ones made of autoclaved aerated concrete endured the earthquake without any damage. As a result, many national and international humanitarian organisations recommend using autoclaved aerated concrete products for buildings located in areas which are at a high-risk of earthquakes.

EAACA’s member, the Turkish Autoclaved Aerated Concrete Union (TGÜB), together with the internationally-renowned Department of Civil Engineering at the Istanbul Technical University, has conducted in-depth research and development in order to produce design rules, for earthquake-resistant buildings, using autoclaved aerated concrete. The project started in 2014, and is expected to significantly contribute to improving earthquake-resistant buildings.

For more information, please contact

Dipl.-Ing. Georg Flassenberg
Secretary General
Tel.: +49 (30) 25928215
Fax: +49 (30) 25928265
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Downloads:
Download this file (2016 Earthquake statement.pdf)EAACA Earthquake statement310 kB

6ICAAC 2018 in Potsdam

From the 4th to the 6th of September 2018 in Potsdam, Germany will be held the 6th International Conference on Autoclaved Aerated Concrete

Read more ...

New category Recommendations

Prepared by our Technical Committee you will find under this new category recommendations for design of reinforced AAC.

Read more ...

Earthquake statement

Lightweight-Construction materials improve earthquake Resistance in Buildings: In 2016, a series of devastating earthquakes in Italy led to the harrowing loss of life. This tragedy was partially the result of the buildings and infrastructure being severely damaged in the process.

Read more ...

Renewed EU Indstrial Strategy - EAACA signs Joint Paper

EAACA signs Joint Paper “For an ambitious EU industrial strategy: going further”: In September 2017, the European Commission outlined its ambition for a renewed EU Industrial Strategy in its Communication on “Investing in a smart, innovative and sustainable Industry”.

Read more ...

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2018 will take place from 4 to 8 June 2018 in Brussels.

Read more ...

Sustainable Energy Week 2017

... took place between 19 and 25 June 2017. See more at www.eusew.eu

Organised by local public and private organisations, Energy Days are activities and events that raise awareness of energy efficiency and renewables.

Read more ...
Cookies make it easier for us to provide you with our services. With the usage of our services you permit us to use cookies.