Homebuilders Guide to Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction

Homebuilders Guide to Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction : Earthquake-Resistant Design and Construction

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This guide provides information on current best practices for earthquake-resistant house design and construction for use by builders, designers, code enforcement personnel, and potential homeowners. It incorporates lessons learned from the 1989 Loma Prieta and 1994 Northridge earthquakes as well as knowledge gained from the FEMA-funded CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project. It also introduces and explains the effects of earthquake loads on one- and two-family detached houses and identifies the requirements of the 2003 International Residential Code (IRC) intended to resist these loads.

A typical model house is used to illustrate the concepts discussed and to identify approximate deflections under earthquake loading, which permits performance to be compared for various building configurations using the minimum code requirements and the above-code techniques. The above-code recommendations are based on an analysis of the model house as well as comparative tests performed by various researchers and the lessons learned from investigation of residential building performance in past earthquakes. A nonlinear time-history analysis was performed for the model building using the SAWS computer program developed as part of the CUREE-Caltech Woodframe Project (Folz and Filiatrault, 2002). Details of the analysis are presented in Appendix A.

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Additional appendices feature checklists for builders, designers, and plan checkers; explain significant differences between the 2003 and 2006 editions of the IRC; and present a list of reference materials.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 19mm
  • English
  • 0160836131
  • 9780160836138

About Federal Emergency Management Agency

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security, works to reduce the ever-increasing cost that disasters inflict on the nation. Preventing losses before they occur by designing and constructing buildings and their components to withstand anticipated forces from various hazards is one of the key components of mitigation and is one of the most effective ways of reducing the cost of future disasters.

The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) is the federal program established to address the nation's earthquake threat. NEHRP seeks to resolve two basic issues: how will earthquakes affect us and how do we best apply our resources to reduce their impact on our nation. The program was established by Congress under the Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977 (Public Law 95-124) and was the result of years of examination of the earthquake hazard and possible mitigation measures. Under the NEHRP, FEMA is responsible for supporting program implementation activities, including the development, publication, and dissemination of technical design and construction guidance documents.
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