Using Building Science to Improve Building Safety in Earthquakes

Shake rattle and roll is a great song lyric but not good for buildings, particularly when geologists are reporting more earthquakes in the 21st century than ever.  That this is due to more sensitive testing equipment is certainly debatable.  Simpson Strong Tie, one of Hayward’s large suppliers, is at the forefront of addressing the challenge of making buildings safer during earthquakes.  Simpson Strong Tie is a leader in products that enhance structural stability and prevent premature building collapse.

In 2011 Simpson Strong Tie posted a stunning video of a remarkable test.  They tested a 7 story, 23,000 square foot wooden condominium structure on the largest earthquake simulation shake table in the world.  What were the results?  Play the video and see how big you can build with wood and how stable it can be made with Simpson Strong Ties.

In any construction, from new construction to home remodels, from a new deck to installing new fence posts, the safest choice is to use the very best products. You want reliable fasteners, screws, supports, and anchors that have tested and proven quality and endurance. Simpson Strong-Tie has built its entire business making better connectors and fasteners, starting 60 years ago in the San Francisco Bay Area, an area known for earthquakes.

The focus of Simpson Strong Tie has been to create structural products that help people build safer and stronger homes and buildings. Simpson Strong-Tie is one of the largest suppliers of structural building products in the world, and it is the industry leader in structural systems research, testing and innovation.   As the company who built the connector industry, there is no doubt that Simpson Strong-Tie works closely with contractors, specifiers and code officials to deliver innovative, code-listed solutions. From straps and ties to heavy girder hangers and much more, Simpson products are available for a large range of uses.

Simpson Strong-Tie products are known for their consistent quality and availability as well as for helping structures resist high winds, hurricanes and seismic forces.

Simpson Strong Tie collaborated in the NEESwood Capstone test a few years ago. In the study, led by Colorado State University, a 23,000 square foot 7 story condominium was constructed to demonstrate how buildings using Simpson Strong-Tie products respond to severe seismic activity. The whole building was designed at once, testing how the structure of the building reacted as a whole and the products worked together. The test demonstrated that large wooden structures can be cost effectively built to remain safe during earthquakes when the right products are used.  From the test real data was collected that will be used in future building practices.

To see the full footage results of the NEESwood Capstone test with Simpson Strong -Tie, click and play the video.