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Earthquake Resistance

Concrete blocks reinforced with steel

Visual Appeal  Hollow Channels  Interlocking Design  Steel Reinforced  Naturally Insulated  Earthquake Resistance

After  a more-than-moderate (Mw = 6.8) earthquake that occurred in the Olympia, Seattle and Tacoma areas in 2001, structural damage was most prevalent in older un-reinforced masonry buildings and non-structural members, such as chimneys and parapet walls. Minor damage was found in wood frame, concrete, and steel frame structures. Much of the damage was to nonstructural portions of buildings, including contents and architectural finishes. Some of the more widely reported damage, such as the control tower at the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, was a result of its age and design; for the most part steel and concrete frame buildings fared well.

As you can see in the text above, both concrete and steel buildings fared well during the quake. Genie Blocks combine the strengths of both concrete and steel in multiple ways.

Galvanized Steel Bolts.

Many locations in a structure, such as where blocks meet corners and around windows and doors, 5/8" galvanized steel bolts are used to connect and secure blocks in place. These locations are back-filled with concrete later to increase structural strength. The illustration below will show you the difference between these bolts and a common nail to use as a comparison..


 

Use of 3/4" Galvanized Threaded Rod, Rebar and Concrete Back-Filling.

Within the walls of a Genie Block structure is considerable reinforcing using threaded rod, rebar and back-filled concrete. The illustration below demonstrates the pattern of this reinforcement within all walls of the structure. It is this internal grid of metal and concrete that provides earthquake resistance in the structure.

 

Visual Appeal  Hollow Channels  Interlocking Design  Steel Reinforced  Naturally Insulated  Earthquake Resistance



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