Galvanised Wire Reinforcement: Earthquake Reinforcement for Non-Engineered Stone and Earth Constructions

Galvanised Wire Reinforcement (GWR) can be used as earthquake reinforcement for non-engineerd dressed and semi-dressed stone walls, adobe, soil block and rammed earth building constructions. In remote mountain areas masonry with cement mortar is only marginally done (or not done at all) due to the high cost of the cement, sand and aggregates. Traditional 18" (45cm) thick stone walls have a very loose internal structure horizontally (lengthwise and across) and vertically. While in the past hardwood tie-beams were used to provide bonding, durable wood has become scarce and expensive. The GWR provides reinforcement both lengthwise and crosswise within the wall thickness and vertically along the borders of all openings.