Earthquake-resistant construction with Knauf
Earthquakes are a great danger for people, the environment, and nature – all over in the world. Most earthquakes are of minor intensity and cause comparably little damage. However, even moderate earthquakes can have dramatic consequences. Especially if they occur more than once and in geographically sensitive areas, earthquakes are capable of negatively impacting the basic structure of a building in the long term – in the worst case, without the knowledge of the inhabitants or users.
Other reasons for the increase in damage caused by earthquakes are the increasingly denser building developments, the constructional utilisation of high-risk areas, and unpermitted buildings, which do not in most cases meet the requirements of an earthquake-resistant building. There is also a necessity for public authorities to create an earthquake-resistant infrastructure – in uncongested areas as well as in densely populated urban areas.
In summary, you could say: earthquakes are a tremendous challenge – also and especially for the construction industry. Constructing earthquake-resistant buildings and an adequate structural infrastructure is a monumental task that cannot be overcome with political declarations of intent and responsible urban concepts alone.
Ultimately the goal is to minimise substantially the risks caused by earthquakes – and, quite honestly, to save human lives.