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Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned and Leased Buildings and Commentary.


pdf icon Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned and Leased Buildings and Commentary. (4875 K)
Todd, D. R.

NISTIR 5382; 87 p. February 1994.

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB95-130209

Keywords:

standards; safety; building construction; evaluation; mitigation; life safety

Abstract:

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.