A Modern, Cost-Effective Method for Seismic Mitigation
The greatest risk during an earthquake isn’t the rupture itself, but rather the failure of buildings and their structural components. Earthquakes cause buildings to shift from side to side, which places structural components such as walls, windows, and flooring under a severe amount of stress. Components such as windows or skylights are at risk of becoming loose and falling out, endangering those inside the building. For this reason, it’s easy to see why FEMA’s Seismic Design Criteria states that “Critical nonstructural components must be provided with seismic restraint.”
For modern buildings, seismic mitigation is less of an issue. These buildings are built with earthquake mitigation strategies already in place. In older or historic buildings, it can be costly to implement a seismic mitigation strategy that brings the property up to code. That’s where safety window film comes into play.
Safety window film can be used to engineer a solution that complies with seismic code without imposing a severe financial burden to the property owner. Not only does it make the property safer, but doing this can also help with the process of being able to attain a building permit for renovation purposes.