PAGER - Common Building Types

Argentina

Confined masonry

This is one or two-story detached or semi-detached residential construction. The walls are made of concrete block masonry with reinforced concrete columns and beams that tie the walls together and provide strength for the building.

Reference: EERI and IAEE\'s World Housing Encyclopedia (Report #) - Virginia I. Rodriguez, Maria I. Yacante, Sergio Reiloba

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Traditional adobe house with reinforcement

The traditional adobe block masonry construction is a single story, with walls reinforced with foundations and plinth structure providing structural strength. This type of construction is highly vulnerable to earthquake shaking due to poor strength of blocks and mortar joints, absense of ties, and deterioration due to prolonged exposure to humidity.

Reference: EERI and IAEE\'s World Housing Encyclopedia (Report #2) - Virginia I. Rodriguez, Maria I. Yacante, Sergio Reiloba

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Solid brick masonry house with composite hollow clay tile and concrete joist roof slabs

This housing type is found in the urban areas of San Juan province. It is a one-story, detached or semi-detached building, mainly used as a single-family house. The strength of this construction type is due to its solid brick walls confined with concrete tie beams and tie-columns. The roof is made of composite concrete joist slabs. The deficiency of this type of construction is found in the slabs, which suffer serious deterioration due to the effects of humidity. This housing type is expected to have good seismic behavior.

Reference: EERI and IAEE\'s World Housing Encyclopedia (Report #70) - Virginia I. Rodriguez, Maria I. Yacante, Sergio Reiloba

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Solid brick masonry house with composite hollow clay tile and concrete joist roof slabs image
Solid brick masonry house with composite hollow clay tile and concrete joist roof slabs image

Traditional adobe house without seismic features

This construction type is used as a single-family house. It is a single-story, detached building, found in the rural and suburban areas of the province of San Juan. This traditional type of construction is built with adobe walls and no cornice. The traditional adobe house has a range of deficiencies: weak connections, heavy roofs, adobe blocks that deteriorate (especially at the base of the walls) due to prolonged exposure to humidity. This housing type is expected to perform poorly in earthquakes.

Reference: EERI and IAEE\'s World Housing Encyclopedia (Report #89) - Virginia I. Rodriguez, Maria I. Yacante, Sergio Reiloba

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Traditional adobe house without seismic features image
Traditional adobe house without seismic features image

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*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.