Buildings

The sustainable construction of buildings depends on ensuring the adequacy of all essential characteristics. Load-carrying capacity, stability, and seismic resistance need to be provided by the building’s structure and its foundations. Safety against fire, energy efficiency, and noise protection are strongly affected by the building’s design, particularly its envelope, and by the technological solutions used. All of these factors have an important effect on the protection of human health and the environment, and on safety in use. The use, during the design and construction processes, of suitable materials and products, based on sustainable sources, is also important.

In the case of all of the above-mentioned fields, ZAG can provide investors, designers, contractors, and surveillance bodies with all necessary expert support. In the case of building design, this support can be provided in the form of advice and reviews of design projects, whereas in the case of the performance of construction works ZAG can provide third party surveillance of the quality of construction products and works, and advice in the case of the most demanding solutions.

When planning the renewal and reconstruction of buildings it is important that adequate preliminary investigations are performed. ZAG can provide the following:

  • inspections and testing of all building elements and of the subsoil beneath the foundations,
  • analyses of faults and damage to buildings, and determining the reasons for them (building pathology),
  • measurements and other kinds of technical observations,
  • estimates of erosion threats and possible differential settlement,
  • structural modelling, analyses, and expert assessments for all essential characteristics,
  • guidelines for the design and implementation of necessary measures.
References

Inspection, testing, and analysis of the load-carrying capacity and seismic resistance of different types of buildings (hospitals, health centres, educational, research and cultural institutes, residential, hotel and administrative buildings, commercial and industrial buildings, chimneys) with guidelines and recommendations

Public and private clients in RS

Assessment of the seismic resistance and vulnerability of buildings (health centres, school buildings, administrative buildings, fire stations, residential buildings)

The Municipality of Ljubljana (several projects from 1986 to 2012)

Reviews of designs and third party surveillance of the repair and strengthening of buildings which were damaged by the earthquake of 12.7.2004

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning RS, 2005 – on-going

Faults in construction – Analysis of the current state and overview of instruments for the detection of faults incurred during construction

Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning RS 2008 – 2009

Technical conditions needed to ensure quality during the construction of residential buildings (TPSG)

Housing Fund of RS, 2007 – 2009

POTROG – Seismic Risk in Slovenia, for the needs of civil defence authorities – research project for the Administration of RS for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief

Administration of RS for Civil Protection and Disaster Relief, 2011 – 2013

CHERPLAN – Strengthening of the cultural heritage through environmental planning and management – Assessment of the seismic risk to buildings in the municipality of Idrija

The Municipality of Idrija, 2013

Reports about subsoil investigations and erosion risk

Public and private clients in RS

Construction:
mag. Marjana Lutman, MSc (Civ.Eng.)
mag. Dušica Drobnič, MSc (Civ.Eng.)

Foundations:
Assist.Prof. Karmen Fifer Bizjak, PhD (Geol.)
Franci Smrtnik, BSc (Civ.Eng.)

Fire safety:
Andrej Rebec, PhD (Civ.Eng.)

Heat protection and moisture:
Friderik Knez, BSc (Phys.)
Assist. Prof. Sabina Jordan, PhD

Acoustics:
Mihael Ramšak, MSc (Mech.Eng.), BSc (Civ.Eng.)

Safety in use:
Vilma Ducman, PhD.

Cultural Heritage:
Mateja Golež, MSc (Geol.)