test building for safety

Prior to initiating any Georgia building project, contractors and builders need to apply for permits and make sure that their plans meet all Georgia codes and standards for new buildings. It’s a lot of paperwork—but it’s worth it.

Why?

Georgia is home to a wide array of natural disasters. The strong conditions that occur during these events will affect Georgia buildings. It’s crucial for the safety of all building occupants as well as Georgia community members to ensure that buildings can stand the test of time—no matter what the future has in store.

Contractors and builders receive years of training to know precisely how to keep building projects safe. What are they looking for to ensure safety? What tests must a GA building pass in order to be considered safe?

The Protocols Contractors and Builders Follow

Aside from simply making sure that buildings are up to code, good GA contractors will consider the following building characteristics and factors before finalizing a structure and deeming it safe:

Strength and Stiffness

To design and build a truly weather-resistant structure, it’s crucial to pay attention to the lateral and vertical stiffness of a building—as well as its strength. During a storm, a structure will receive a lot of forces from the sides, as well as from the earth itself (e.g., during earthquakes). A building that is prepared to take on these directional forces will remain stable in the face of strong storms.

Regularity

A building’s regularity refers to the way that the structure moves when the building gets pushed in various directions. You’ll want to see that the building moves equally, in such a way that any forces don’t cause it to move in a way that might shift the main load of the building off-center.

Redundancy

Is just one safety strategy enough when you’re designing a steel building? Not a chance. A building’s redundancy refers to the idea that it should have multiple different ways to correct for expected forces—or extra fail-safes in place to provide security if one safety strategy does not work. This might make the building’s cost higher up-front but will add to its longevity and resilience over time.

Foundation

It doesn’t matter how stiff, strong, or redundant a building is if it isn’t reliably tethered to the ground. During the design process, one of the first considerations your contractors will have is the stability of the foundations. A stable, strong foundation will ensure a building’s long-term survivability through earthquakes, hurricane-level storms, tornadoes, and more.

In order to add extra security to buildings in specific locations, contractors can consider solutions like elevated buildings to avoid flooding, or anchoring a building to solid rock (especially if a building is coastal). Any building should have a storm shelter or basement that’s easily accessible, regardless of the safety of the overall building.

In any event, steel buildings are very strong. Steel is a weather-resistant, heat-resistant, and corrosion-resistant material. It’s also versatile and can function well in a variety of building applications. Your Georgia contractors will know precisely what to focus on to make your steel building strong. In the meantime, rest assured that in choosing steel, you’ve already taken great strides in making sure that your GA structure will be as safe as can be.

Trust GA Steel Building Contractors to Test Your Building for Safety

When you’re building a steel structure, you need to ensure that your building is as safe as it possibly can be. This is much too important a consideration to leave up to chance—or leave in the hands of amateurs.

Instead, reach out to professionals to make sure the job gets done well. We’re ready to help you design your structure with strength, stiffness, and load path in mind at Peak Steel Contractors. We can also handle construction and more! Check out our past projects and contact us for more information.