There are numerous methods of making buildings earthquake resistant. Engineers have spent many years researching earthquakes and their effects and developing new technologies that help residential and commercial building... More »

The key to constructing an earthquake-resistant building is to minimize the forces acting upon it, rather than to maximize the strength of the building itself. Among the methods used to accomplish this are base isolation... More »

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A pier foundation, sometimes called a post-and-beam or pier-and-beam foundation, consists of wood posts or concrete piers set into the ground to bear the weight of a building or home. Pier foundations are easier to build... More »

Fire-code drywall, which is designed to be more fire-resistant than standard drywall, can increase a home's walls' fire resistance rating to at least one hour. This is a 30-minute increase from the standard 30-minute rat... More »

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Plans for gambrel roofs and buildings with gambrel roofs are available for free at various websites, such as the North Dakota State University site. Gambrel roofs are often found on buildings such as residential homes, s... More »

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The most common causes of cracks in buildings are poor workmanship, temperature variations, poor structural design, poor maintenance and natural forces, explains Julius Eryenyu Jojo on the Daily Monitor. Some cracks are ... More »

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The most popular colors of steel siding for homes, businesses and other buildings are earth tones, usually shades of grey or tan, and sometimes blues and greens. These colors are often applied with a low-gloss finish and... More »

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