Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned and Leased Buildings and Commentary.
Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned
and Leased Buildings and Commentary.
Todd, D. R.
NISTIR 5382; 87 p. February 1994.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB95-130209
standards; safety; building construction; evaluation;
mitigation; life safety
These seismic evaluation and mitigation standards,
"Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally
Owned Or Leased Buildings and Commentary," were
developed for use by the Federal government by the
Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction
(ICSSC) in conjunction with the National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST). The project was funded
by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The
intent of this document is to provide Federal agencies
with minimum standards for the evaluation and mitigation
of seismic hazards in their building inventories.
Substantial Life-Safety is defined as the minimum
acceptable performance objective for Federal buildings.
FEMA 178, the "NEHRP Handbook for the Seismic Evaluation
of Existing Buildings," is taken to be the primary basis
for defining this life-safety goal. Four compliance
categories are established: structural, nonstructural,
geologic/site, and adjacency. Situations which require
that an evaluation and if necessary, mitigation, be
performed are identified. These Standards and
Commentary include: an identification of situations
which trigger application of the Standards, preliminary
and detailed evaluation standards, mitigation standards,
and advisory standards for achieving performance
objectives beyond Substantial Life-Safety.