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1% of buildings examined in Latvia this year are at risk of collapsing

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUState Building Control Bureau has carried out technical examinations of 1,252 buildings in Latvia. 79% of those buildings have been deemed to be in acceptable condition. 92% of those buildings are in great or good condition and 1% – are in terrible condition and are at risk of collapsing.

In Q3 2015, the bureau focused on education institutions, which made up 70% of examined buildings. 527 education institutions were examined by 1 October: 493 of them were deemed in acceptable condition. 55% (272) of examined buildings are located in Riga and 45% (221) in Latvia’s regions, as reported by the bureau.

«After examining education institutions, we have concluded that 93% of them are in excellent or good technical state, which is a very good result. Nevertheless, we were forced to partially close down three institutions – Latvian Business College in Riga, Alfreds Kalnins’ Cesis Secondary Music School and Riga City Plavnieku Gymnasium,» – said the bureau’s manager Peteris Drukis.

The situation in Riga and Latvia’s regions is relatively similar – 92% of examined buildings are in good technical state and only 8% are in poor or dangerous state. A comparison based on owners of examined properties (municipal, private or state) shows than municipalities are the most responsible with their properties.

«We see positive results in attitudes of building owners: they usually take recommendations into consideration immediately after problems are uncovered and carry out improvements. 36% of owners fixed problems uncovered in buildings they own before the decision is even made. Only in two cases it was impossible to carry out immediate repairs. So certain buildings were closed,» – comments Drukis.

It is planned to examine at least as many buildings in Q4 2015 as in Q3. Now the bureau plans to focus on office buildings and hotels. The current plan is to examine nearly 2,000 public buildings.


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