‘We’re excited to see the results’: Earthquake simulator hoping to improve building safety

By Hannah Ferrera
December 21, 2023
Category: Wood, Paper & Green Building
Region: United States, US East

BUFFALO, New York — While extreme earthquakes are not a concern for Western New Yorkers, researchers are using a local “earthquake simulator” to help areas in the country impacted by these natural disasters. This simulator, located in the University at Buffalo’s Ketter Hall, features a one-story, wood frame building with brick veneers. …”This by far exceeds what the maximum constraints might be in the Buffalo region,” Andreas Stavridis, an associate professor at University at Buffalo, said. …This type of wood frame structure is the most common type of home in the country. Clip Clark, for the Brick Industry Association, told 7 News this is different from what is typically thought of when it comes to earthquake disaster videos. …These results could help engineers improve the International Residential Code during its January 2025 revision cycle.

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