Azerbaijan approves new regulations for skyscraper construction
Azerbaijan, Baku, March 31 / Trend U.Ismayilova /
The Azerbaijani State Architecture and City-Planning Committee adopted a new national Az.DTN 2.3-1 regulatory document, "Construction in Seismic Areas," taking into account the experiences of foreign countries.
The standard prepared jointly with Azerbaijani State Architecture and Construction University specialists, Emergency Situations Ministry employees and the Republican Seismic Survey Center came into force Feb. 1.
The committee reported that 75 percent of Azerbaijan's territory falls to the eight-magnitude seismic zone and 25 percent to the nine-magnitude seismic zone. Due to expanding construction in recent years, improving the seismic safety of residential buildings has become a pressing issue in recent years.
The new standard has stringent requirements, including an increased coefficient to calculate the price of seismic loads, which will increase the mobile system reliability.
Licenses will also be issued for 16-story as opposed to 12-story residential buildings. Concrete durability should also not fall below the B25 grade.
"All these changes will increase the amount of reinforcement and used concrete, which promote increased construction costs, but also improved durability, longevity and safety," the committee reported.
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