Seismic Building Code for Guatemala

The proposal made by public sector employers will update the structural safety standards for bridges, dams and minor works, and includes guidelines for reinforcing existing works.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Twelve public and private entities are preparing a code to mandate the construction of earthquake-resistant buildings, for its submission to Congress this year.

"It is important to have a building code that integrates all the rules of planning, design, construction, materials, quality control, monitoring, and for its application to be made obligatory" said Luis Alvarez, CEO of Institute of Cement and Concrete of Guatemala (ICCG) to .

"... The project involved Cementos Progreso, the College of Engineers and Architects, the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction, the Institute for the Promotion of Insured Mortgages, the Ministry of Planning and Programming of the Presidency, the Institute of Municipal Development, the National Coordinator for Disaster Reduction, the Ministry of Communications, Infrastructure and Housing, the ICCG and the Guatemalan Association of Structural and Earthquake Engineering ", reported Diario de Centro America.

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Guatemala Lacks a Building Code

November 2012

The destruction caused by the recent earthquake has raised questions about the lack of a unified seismic building code.

An article in reports that Luis Alvarez Valencia, vice president of the Institute of Cement and Concrete in Guatemala (ICCG), a member of the Guatemalan Association of Structural Engineering and Earthquakes (Agies), said "There is no building code combining all the rules in the country. "

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.

El Salvador Invites Bids for Structural Conditions Study

November 2010

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

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.

Guatemala Hosts Construfer

October 2009

The International Construction Fair will be held from November 4th to 7th in 'Parque de la Industria' (Industry Park).

It is organized by the Guatemalan Chamber of Construction, who expects over 30.000 visitors.

Construfer is an international fair focused on the construction industry. Its objective is to help businessmen close deals, and showcase construction technology, machinery, equipment and services.

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