Dubai high-rises adhere to international building code

17/06/2011 - Dubai Property News posted by Bob Brunskill
Dubai high-rises adhere to international building code

All new property developments in Dubai over four storeys are now required to adhere to the Uniform Building Code (UBC) 97, those thinking about investing in the country may be interested to learn.The news means that high-rise buildings are built with the ability to withstand an earthquake measuring as much as 5.5 on the Richter scale, Gulf News reports.Lance Vigil, design manager for ALEC Construction, explained that the UAE currently follows guidelines put forward by the UBC as well as International Building Code."New buildings here would generally handle seismic loads as their structural base is mainly reinforced concrete, which handles lateral loads very well, although older buildings built cheaply may not fare so well," he added.The news provider recently revealed that the Burj Khalifa - the world's tallest structure - is supported by a large reinforced concrete mat, which is in turn supported by bored reinforced concrete piles.