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.

Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES)

The Alaska Building Energy Efficiency Standard (BEES) was established by the state to promote the construction of energy efficient buildings, according to the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation. The code sets building energy use for thermal resistance, air leakage, moisture protection and ventilation.  All buildings which started construction on or after January 1, 1992 must comply with BEES if state financial assistance is to be used in the purchase of a loan.

SteelMaster buildings are very energy efficient. In fact, all of our Quonset huts are covered in Energy Star-rated Galvalume Plus coating, which reduces energy consumption by reflecting heat. This keeps your building cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

There are also several ways to customize our environmentally friendly buildings to increase their sustainability. Customers have the ability to take advantage of natural sunlight by installing large windows. They can also install on-site renewable energy sources such as solar power, wind power, hydro power or biomass to significantly reduce the environmental impact of the building and maximizing the building’s eco-friendly potential.

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