Kenny wrote:Please excuse my ignorance Filippos but what do you mean by old style houses?
I thought rightly or wrongly that all homes built from 1962 had to meet earthquake regulations. Ken.
I think you've misunderstood, Ken. With my comment about older style houses I was referring solely to the appearance. The Myridakis steel frame houses look modern and I prefer older styles.
As for earthquake regulations, as you say, everything must comply but the construction methods used by Myridakis may
exceed the requirements of current regulations and outperform concrete construction in earthquake resistance.
I read somewhere a couple of years ago an article about typical regulations and building methods in earthquake zones. In concrete constructions the reinforcing steel bars are "tied" together with wire and the thrust of the article I read was that it would be much better if the rods were welded together, especially at corners and where floor/roof rods meet those in the walls. Of course this would cause the price to increase substantially. The Myridakis type construction consists of a steel frame where all joints are bolted together with fairly substantial bolts and may, therefore, be stronger than steel bars tied with wire.
I'm not an engineer so I may be wrong. I know that there are other factors to take into account but it just sounded logical that "chunky" bolts might be stronger than soft iron wire.