Earthquakes put lives in danger. The power of nature can turn entire cities into piles of rubble. When the earth shakes, the greatest risk for people is posed by falling masonry from ceilings and walls. Even a tiny weak spot in a structure can trigger a disastrous chain reaction that causes an entire building to collapse.
Making walls and ceiling more flexible
To ensure that masonry and walls remain stable despite seismic quakes, scientists at Bayer MaterialScience teamed up with industrial and academic partners to develop the earthquake protection system EQ-Top™. Combined with a special adhesive from Bayer, the glass fiber fabric makes masonry extremely stable and is as easy to install as wallpaper. It prevents apartment and office buildings from becoming deathtraps during earthquakes.