Philvocs Guide: Quick Test on Earthquake Proofing your Building


Archian Design Architect Studio Bacolod City Philvocs Guide: Quick Test on Earthquake Proofing your Building

Being situated in the Pacific Ring of Fire, the Philippines is no stranger to earthquakes. Through centuries, Filipinos have adapted with equal courage and bravery to face fire. Throughout history, building construction relied on the flexibility of Bamboo and wood. But with modernity, building with concrete has become a necessity.

Earthquake Ring of Fire with Dragon

Earthquake Ring of Fire with Dragon

Enter the New Millenium.

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How to Verify and Identifying Fake Land Titles in 60 seconds


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How to Verify and Identifying Fake Land Titles in 60 seconds

Engineers in Construction and Contracting

Engineers in Construction and Contracting

Home buyers and and house investors alike have been victims of real estate scammers for a very long time. Despite the laws put in place to fight scammers  in the Philippine real estate industry, many cases continue to be reported. The common problem is fake titles.

So here are the 5 common real estate scams in the country today, based on my experience:

4 Common Real Estate Scams in the Philippines

1. Sale of Property with a Fake Title.
Some people have purchased vast tracks of land and paid the down payment after seeing the land titles of the property. After a few days that the agent failed to show up, the buyer starts to question and only then starts inspecting the titles through the Registry of Deeds and found them to be fake. Millions are lost to this type of scam as investors are drawn by the low prices of the property. Due diligence is done before purchase or real property, not after the transaction. Read more of this post

Masonry: How to properly lay Concrete Hollow Blocks (CHB)


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Masonry: Concrete Hollow Block Laying

Concrete Hollow Blocks

Concrete Hollow Blocks

One of the most common building material used is Concrete Hollow Blocks. Most construction systems in the Philippines lay out the structural “skeleton” of the building, usually reinforced concrete columns and beams, and then layout the rest of the building in CHB, as it is abbreviated. The popularity of hollow blocks or CHB comes from its modular use and portability. It is easy to transport, is standard like a lego block that can create all kinds of walls – even curves and cylinders!

CHB - materials should be organized in the delivery area

CHB – materials should be organized in the delivery area

There are different materials having modular use such as sand bags, bricks, stone and adobe blocks. But CHB wins over because of its simple composition – sand, fly ash and cement. Stones and adobe must be quarried from special location (its sources) and transported to thousands of kilometers to the site while CHB can be cast in all kinds of location on Earth.

Construction - CHB and Stiffener Column

Construction – CHB and Stiffener Column

There are many kinds of concrete blocks because molding them allows one to customize what one needs. But concrete hollow blocks evolved to mean the most commonly used ones: 4″ (100mm), 6″ (150mm) and 8″ (rarely used 200mm) which come in the same height and width 8″x 16″ (0.1×0.2x.4). Different structural strengths can also be produced by varying the amount of cement in the mold. Standard strength for CHB is 500 psi for Bungalow up to 4 Storeys and 700 psi for High Rise Construction. Walls in 700 psi CHB is considered as load bearing.

Philippine Building Construction - CHB laying materials

Philippine Building Construction – CHB laying materials

Because hollow blocks are a common material, non-professional people take them for granted in the site. As construction sites require large areas to be programmed for CHB, Sand and Gravel, careful planning for location on site ensures that masons working will have enough space to mix the mortar and install CHB.

Read Constructing a House in Iloilo City.

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