The Role of the NEHRP Provisions in Supporting Seismic Design Provisions in Building Codes and Standards

April 29, 2006
Publication: Proceedings of the 8th U.S. National Conference on Earthquake Engineering, April 18-22, 2006, San Francisco, California, USA (8NCEE) Paper # 723
Author(s): Ronald Hamburger

Abstract: For more than 20 years, the Building Seismic Safety Council, under the sponsorship of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has developed, maintained and updated the National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures. First published in 1985, and revised and updated every three years thereafter, the NEHRP Provisions were first adopted as the basis of building code seismic provisions in the early 1990s. Today, they form the basis for seismic provisions contained in the International Building Code, the NFPA-5000 code and the ASCE-7 Standard Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures. With the ASCE-7 Standards Committee now capable of maintaining the basic seismic design criteria, the NEHRP Provisions are evolving into a new type of resource document that will form the entry point for new design techniques and technologies into professional practice. An overview of the historic development of the NEHRP Provisions and their present evolution is presented.

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