Guidelines for the seismic evaluation of existing buildings

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TypeArticle
Journal titleCanadian Journal of Civil Engineering
ISSN0315-1468
Volume22
Issue3
Pages500505; # of pages: 6
AbstractBecause of the difficulties in applying current earthquake requirements in the National Building Code of Canada to existing buildings, a document "Guidelines for the seismic evaluation of existing buildings" has been developed to provide alternative criteria. The Guidelines are based primarily on similar U.S. documents with changes to suit Canadian seismicity and practice. The basis of the document is earthquake damage experience as it relates to life safety, and the methodology is based on the identification of deficiencies of the building from a master list known from earthquake experience to result in life-threatening failures. Potential deficiencies are checked against evaluation criteria which are based on the NBC/CSA seismic limit states design using a load reduction factor of 0.6. The paper provides a background on those features which differ substantially from the NBC requirements.
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LanguageEnglish
AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
IdentifierIRC-P-3554
NRC number37008
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NPARC number20375828
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Record created2012-07-23
Record modified2016-05-09
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