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Building Earthquake-Resistant Structures

April 17th, 2016 Posted by City Planners in Los Angeles, Environment, Los Angeles Construction Projects No Comment yet

The earthquake, however, must be to every one a most impressive event: the earth, considered from our earliest childhood as the type of solidity, has oscillated like a thin crust beneath our feet; and in seeing the labored works of man in a moment overthrown, we feel the insignificance of his boasted power. – Charles Darwin

Humanity’s efforts have been damaged or destroyed by earthquakes for as long as we have been building structures. However, ingenuity and determination (along with a lot of science & math) have helped modern societies develop earthquake-resistant structures. Two primary goals when designing such structures is to minimize the loss of life (by preventing collapse) and minimizing the loss of functionality within the building.

The techniques applied to the earthquake-resistant design of a structure can vary greatly and can include:

  • Using bendable/lightweight materials
  • Structural dampers (shock absorbers)
  • Base isolators (via bearings or cushions)
  • Shear walls (braced panels that counter lateral loads)

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans. To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

“Keeping It Old School”

March 25th, 2016 Posted by Environmental News, Green Construction No Comment yet

Some things never go out of style and hydroelectric power is one of them.

Utilizing the immense power of moving water with the force of gravity ensures this centuries-old technology is still viable as a renewable energy source today. Continuous development of both the technology & engineering responsible for generating electricity in this manner has all but guaranteed its existence for centuries to come.

The underlying principle is quite simple. Flowing water from a river is guided through a channel known as a penstock which allows the water to spin a giant turbine before being returned to the river. The turbine is connected to a generator which spins and makes electricity. That’s all there is to it!

While large-scale dam projects like the Hoover Dam aren’t built any longer due to their impacts on the overall river ecosystem, their need to supply clean, seemingly limitless power to residents of the west ensured their place in history.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans.

To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

Happy Trails to You, and You, and You…

March 23rd, 2016 Posted by Environment, Environmental News No Comment yet

If there’s one thing the United States (and many other developed nations) have an abundance of, it’s abandoned buildings and infrastructure. A myriad of reasons caused these once valued construction & engineering projects to fall into a state of disuse or disrepair, but they have nonetheless lost their usefulness within our society.

Or have they?

In our quest to promote sustainability, the practice of repurposing abandoned development projects has given a new lease on life to venues that would otherwise decay into ruins.

 

Among the most popular, and most successful, thus far are “Rails to Trails” parks, and they are exactly what they sound like… Disused railroad lines are being converted into places that provide a tranquil escape from the typical urban environment. A standout project in NYC known as The High Line attracts nearly 5 million visitors annually, making such projects commercially viable for city councils or conservation organizations to undertake.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans.

To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

Can Work Make You Sick? Yes!

March 22nd, 2016 Posted by Environment, Environmental News, Green Construction No Comment yet

Before anyone says something to their boss that they’ll later regret, it’s not what you think. Called Sick Building Syndrome (SBS), it has become a recognized health condition that results in acute health issues for approximately 25% of all workers in the U.S. annually. Symptoms include irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat; nausea; and fatigue. SBS typically stems from these indoor sources, but can include others:

  • Biological contaminants: Bacteria, mold, and viruses are highly prevalent contaminants found throughout the workplace and their presence may not just be the result of dirty or unsanitary areas.
  • Chemical contaminants: Emissions from furniture, carpeting, copy machines, and even general cleaning supplies can introduce volatile organic compounds (VOC’s) and particulate matter (PM) into the air. 
  • Inadequate building ventilation: Our quest for energy-efficient buildings resulted in airtight structures with sealed windows no longer open. Therefore, these structures must rely on the HVAC system for all air-handling duties.

The Coalition for Responsible Equitable Economic Development (CREED LA) proudly supports environmentally-responsible construction projects throughout Los Angeles that not only have a positive impact on the local community, but support LA’s working families as well.

CREED LA fights to ensure that developers pay fair wages to all the hard working construction professionals throughout the industry while simultaneously providing them with quality health care, continued training, and trustworthy retirement plans.

To learn more about how our non-profit organization supports those building a better, greener world for us all, contact CREED LA at (877) 810-7473.

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