Jordan approves climate codes; maps 35 earthquake zones

seismic zone earthquake
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AMMAN— On Thursday, the National Building Council approved the draft of Jordan's National Building Codes related to climate change, setting the stage for its submission to the Cabinet for formal approval. The council delved into updated building codes for earthquake-resistant structures during the session. These codes incorporate a modern seismic map of Jordan, dividing the nation into 35 zones and depicting contour lines to indicate earthquake severity should they occur, along with the geological formula for each region.اضافة اعلان

The council approved drafts that aim to promote solar energy use, encourage energy-efficient construction, establish green hospital standards, and uphold sustainability criteria. These drafts also address hydrological codes, setting requirements for water and hydrological studies in the context of climate change, Hala News reported.

Conformity certificates
Additionally, the council approved conformity certificates for reconstruction projects to ensure compliance with engineering codes and maintain comprehensive building records for verification against design requirements.

Procedures for contract approval in private sector construction were endorsed to streamline the sector, enhance project efficiency, and reduce violations.

Amendments to the National Building Law
Amendments to the National Building Law were recommended, introducing penalties for violations in reconstruction projects, with severity corresponding to the offense. Detailed descriptions and valuations of violations aim to improve project quality control and ensure products meet citizens' needs.

Furthermore, the council proposed amending Regulation No. 131 of 2016, mandating the employment of local labor in projects. The amendment seeks to ensure transparency, fair wages, and specific criteria for prioritizing job opportunities.

Finally, the council assessed the outcomes of supervisory committees' efforts, addressing violations in reconstruction projects.

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