Meet Or Beat Alaska Building Codes With SteelMaster Prefab Buildings
An earthquake that devastated Alaska in 1964 led to the adaptation of very strict building codes. Many credit the state’s strict building codes for helping structures withstand a powerful 7.0 magnitude quake that happened in November 2018.
“Given how many earthquakes we have had over the years, we have learned a lot. The first thing we learned is about building codes,” said Senator Dan Sullivan. “The building codes in Alaska are probably some of the strongest on the planet.”
In addition to Alaska’s local building code requirements, we construct our buildings in accordance with codes determined by the International Building Code (IBC) and ASCE-7. Both codes ensure that buildings around the country are constructed to meet specific standards. Even when a building permit is not required, our buildings are still designed to the latest code.
The IBC is considered the best available standard to help buildings withstand earthquakes, according to Sterling Strait, an Alaska Seismic Hazards Safety Commission member.
SteelMaster’s earthquake-resistant structures also follow building codes maintained by the International Code Council (ICC), which provide guidance on how structures should be designed and constructed to limit seismic risk. Our buildings can be designed to Seismic Design Category E for areas near major faults with very high seismic vulnerability.