How to increase adoption of seismic isolation in U.S.

03/4/2012 | STRUCTURE magazine

Despite the effectiveness of seismic isolation, the U.S. has been slow to adopt the technology, write engineers Andrew Taylor and Ian Aiken. To change that, they suggest that the costs of implementing seismic isolation should be understood; property insurers should be urged to acknowledge the benefits; engineers and planners should promote the technology as a way "to reduce or eliminate seismic hazards, increase reliability, and lower total life-cycle costs;" and "regulatory barriers to seismic isolation should be reduced."

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