Friday Findings - August 4th Edition

Friday Findings - August 4th Edition

Last week we focused on the most popular home style in America, trends that many homeowners are looking for in a house, paint colours that won't go out of style, and innovative home design. This week we decided to take a look at some of the current construction methods and influences on the construction process.

Why Building in an Area Prone to Earthquakes Causes a Larger Demand on Base-Isolated Buildings

image ©  Flickr

image © Flickr

When building in an area prone to earthquakes, builders need to implement base isolation as a method to moderate the effects of earthquakes on their building. Not surprisingly, areas such as Japan and Turkey that have higher rates of seismically activity, are the ones that have demonstrated the greatest efforts against the potential affects. They aren't however, the ones with the largest base-isolated buildings in the world.

To find out which country has the largest base-isolated building in the world, read the article here.

Unsure of Building Regulations? There's an App for That.

Though necessary, It can be a daunting task to flip through thousands of pages of codes to ensure that your design remains compliant. After noticing the tediousness to it, Garret and Scott Reynolds founded the mobile app called UpCodes. This app contains all of the building regulations in one place and makes them searchable, collaborative, and accessible by teams so notes can be made.

If you're interested in learning more about the app, you can read the article posted by Tech Crunch here.

Why Construction Companies Need to Embrace Technology

Construction has become known for being one of the most stagnant major industries in the world. Unlike other industries that have adapted to technology and improved their efficiency because of it, many construction firms are still resisting technology. This causes delays for projects to be completed, miscommunication between principles involved in the building process and is one of the many reasons behind the stagnation of the industry.

To learn more about the need for construction companies to embrace technology, read the article by McKinsey found here.

The State Government in Australia is banning unsafe cladding like the type used at Grenfell Tower in London, England. Will others follow them?

image ©  ChiralJon  -  Grenfell Tower

Immediately after the fire occurred at Grenfell Tower, Theresa May, ordered a 'major national investigation' to discover what went wrong. During her search, it was discovered that the cladding used for the building was flammable. Panic ensued across England and the rest of the world with Australia most recently revealing it's plan of action against a similar tragedy from happening again.

You can read more about the decision from the state government here.

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