PAGER - Common Building Types

Below we aim to take a quick stock of global construction types, discuss their commonality in particular country or region, point to general weaknesses in regards to their seismic capacity to resist earthquake shaking, and document their performance during past earthquakes in a respective country. “Earthquakes don’t kill people, the bad buildings do”. It is important to understand how buildings are designed and constructed, along with their performance in past earthquakes, in order to assess the potential for future damage.*:

*Building types and their descriptions are taken from the World Housing Encyclopedia (WHE) database when available or based on additional research performed by the PAGER team. This information is provided with the understanding that it is not guaranteed to be correct or complete, and conclusions drawn from such information are the sole responsibility of the user.