Travel-and-Leisure The tremendous devastation that followed the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake, more popularly known as the Kobe Earthquake where more than 5,500 were killed and over 26,000 were injured, further opened the eyes of the Japanese people to the need to develop structures that would be able to withstand these deadly temblors that hounded their country every now and then. In response, Japan’s engineers and architects set down to develop building designs and architecture that are "earthquake-resistant." Using modern technology and state-of-the-art construction methods, these "earthquake-resistant" buildings were erected in such a way that they would be able to withstand any earthquake regardless of intensity. In modern-day Japan, these earthquake-resistant construction techniques are steadily being applied to residential homes and high-rise condominiums more in response to the clamor of buyers than as part of an overall plan. Features of modern earthquake-resistant condominiums include not just the application of earthquake-resistant technology but the addition of such important elements as a storage room for food supplies, wells and emergency heliports. Dwellings that carry these earthquake-resistant features cost a lot more than the average condominium unit. In spite of this, however, the demand for these types of homes remains quite high forcing major construction .panies to revisit approved plans and create more of this disaster-preventive type of dwellings. Construction Method Used A highly sought after earthquake-resistant condominium building in Japan uses a construction method known as base isolation which decreases the impact of the shaking movement caused by an earthquake or a hurricane. This method utilizes a structure made up of thin layers of rubber and steel plating that lie in between the building and the ground thus cushioning the impact of a strong earthquake and serving as a buffer. Over.ing a slow start, research and development of the base isolation method in Japan has steadily increased following the construction of the first base-isolated building in 1986. Although these types of building require a lot of permits and approvals from Japan’s Ministry of Construction, it is quite amazing to note the great number of buildings that have applied and been approved for construction. Safety a Must for Home Buyers The rapidly increasing popularity of earthquake-resistant residential buildings is a clear indication of the importance that Japanese homebuyers attach to their family’s safety. The consequent demand for these structures has moved a number of construction .panies to revisit their development plans and, when necessary, alter these to include more of these earthquake-resistant homes. To make the condos even more attractive to buyers and appeal more to their desire for a safe haven in times of earthquakes, building contractors and architects also incorporate other elements that prove "earthquake-resistant" in the long run. This includes the addition of other disaster-prevention features like a large storage area for food supplies and an emergency heliport. With the image of the devastation that befell the nation after the Kobe earthquake still vivid in their minds, more and more condominium buyers look to the disaster-safety .ponent as the most desirable feature and requirement for the home they intend to buy. About the Author: – – – – – – – – – – 相关的主题文章: