El Salvador Invites Bids for Structural Conditions Study

The study is for the analysis of seismic hazards in the Salvadoran capital.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The study should allow the formulation of more detailed building regulations and technical requirements for architectural and structural design, primarily for high-rise buildings.

Bids must be submitted to the Planning Office of the Metropolitan Area of San Salvador by December 22nd, 2010.

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Nicaragua: 75% of Buildings Not Up To Code

July 2013

There is a need for monitoring compliance with building regulations, the use of suitable materials and suitable labor, and carrying out soil studies in advance.

Laprensa.com.ni reports that "less than 25% of the artisanal, semi-industrial and industrial blocks sold in Managua meet current building standards in the country. While steel only responded satisfactorily to one of the tests required by good construction practices. "

National Vs. International Construction

October 2012

Latin American construction chambers are demanding from their governments a level playing field between foreign construction companies and domestic ones.

A statement from the Costa Rican Chamber of Construction reads:


Seismic Building Code

July 2012

In Costa Rica from January 13, 2013 applications for building permits must comply with the new seismic code.

El Financiero’s website details the major changes introduced by the new Seismic Code, which are:

-Changes in the seismic zoning map, which includes Northern districts classified as area Zone III, and much of the Central Pacific area classified as Zone IV.

Lack of Planning in Costa Rica

June 2011

Commercial growth is advancing far faster than the regulations that should be controling it, creating territorial disorder and public infrastructure problems.

The cantons of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) that have the biggest challenge are those with the most important business growth (Escazú, Santa Ana, La Union, Curridabat, Montes de Oca, Moravia and Central Heredia).

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