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Are green buildings quake-resistant?

Two subjects are dominating the construction and property circles nowadays—the rising numbers of sustainable, environment-friendly buildings, and the “Big One” (referring to the perceived “overdue” temblor originating from the Marikina Valley fault that can hit Metro Manila anytime). Thus, the question needs to be asked: Are “green” buildings also designed to be earthquake-resilient? Inquirer Property asked the architects and structural experts. “A green certification is not necessarily a guarantee of earthquake resilience. We have yet to reconcile and integrate the multiple goals of strength (tibay), resilience (tatag) and sustainability (taguyod),” Benito M. Pacheco, PhD, PE, Apec engineer, and University of the Philippines Diliman College of Engineering professor and vice chancellor for academic affairs, told Inquirer Property in a phone interview…

 

Typhoon Nangka Kills at Least Two, Wreaks Havoc as Crosses Japan

High waves crash into the coast at Hyuga in Miyazaki prefecture, Japan's southern island of Kyushu on July 16, 2015. Powerful typhoon Nangka was barrelling toward the Japanese mainland, bringing heavy rains, landslides and causing flight and train cancellations.  AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS    JAPAN OUT

High waves crash into the coast at Hyuga in Miyazaki prefecture, Japan’s southern island of Kyushu on July 16, 2015. Powerful typhoon Nangka was barrelling toward the Japanese mainland, bringing heavy rains, landslides and causing flight and train cancellations. AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS JAPAN OUT

Typhoon Nangka barreled across the western end of Japan’s largest main island on Friday, snarling transport, leaving at least two men dead and prompting authorities to advise nearly 100,000 people to evacuate. Rivers burst their banks in the western prefecture of Wakayama after some parts of Honshu, Japan’s largest main island, received more than 600 millimeters of rain since the storm began to near on Thursday. Two men drowned, one of them a 71-year-old man who fell into a flooded ditch while repairing a window, NHK national television said. Some 35 people were injured. Nangka, named for a tropical fruit, had been downgraded to a tropical storm by Friday morning but still packed sustained winds of 80 kilometers per hour, with gusts of up to 120 kph. It was expected to dump a further 300 mm of rain on parts of Japan by Saturday morning…

 

Passage of California climate change bill could set global example

When Gov. Jerry Brown visits the Vatican this week for an international conference, he’ll be carrying a resolution from state lawmakers supporting Pope Francis’ recent encyclical on climate change. He’s hoping the Legislature will send an even stronger message later this year by passing new environmental rules aimed at helping California slash greenhouse-gas emissions over the next few decades. Approval of the legislation, intended to enact goals outlined by the governor this year, would bolster Brown’s calls for global action on climate change with a display of regulatory muscle in his own state…

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