50 Years of Earthquake Protection for Concrete Structures

50 Years of Earthquake Protection for Concrete Structures

A Puerto Rican company has invented a building system they say protects concrete structures against earthquakes extreme weather events for up to 50 years.

Puerto Rican company the Carmelo Group has invented a building system which they say protects concrete buildings against earthquakes and other extreme weather events for up to 50 years. The company is now rolling the system out in the United States.

In a recent video interview conducted at the annual World of Concrete forum in Dallas, Texas and posted on Concrete TV, Carmelo Group president Edgar Figaro said that in addition to being energy efficient, soundproof and resistant to termites and floods and representing a fast and economical way to build, his firm’s GCT Insulated Concrete Panel Building System provides thermal protection, resistance to wind of up to 250 miles per hour and is proven to withstand earthquakes of up to 8.5 on the Richter scale.

After 56 years operating out of Puerto Rico, Figaro says, Carmelo is rolling out the system in the US in climate zones as diverse as Alaska, North Dakota, the Gulf of Mexico area, Arizona, Nevada and Texas.

Earthquake Protection Concrete Structures

Concrete Structure

He says owners of buildings constructed in this way enjoy low energy bills, positive reactions from insurance companies and a 50-year-plus life expectancy of the structure.

“The building system consists of panels, usually in the four by eight or four by different lengths required by customers,” Figaro says. “After the slap is constructed, they are tied down to the rewire on the floor of the slab, we bring panel by panel to the side and then apply the reinforcement for wall-proof ceiling, windows reinforcement and door reinforcement. After that, with a heat gun, we carve the location for the electrical conduits and water systems. In the case where the house has an intelligence system [we carve the location for that] as well. After the electrical conduitry and plumbing is installed, we use the m-tec system [a mortar mixing system - pictured] with a low pressure pumping capability to apply the mortar to all of the structure and then then trowelling becomes a masonry job.”

Earthquake Protection Concrete Machine

M-tec Mono Mix

Describing the system as a fast and economical way to apply the mortar, Figaro says the m-tec machinery is easy to clean at the end of a day’s work.

He says the pump can reach up to four storeys high and the panel system can be used to build stairs walls and ceilings for a buildings of up to seven storeys.

By Andrew Heaton
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