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The National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Reauthorization Act (Public Law 101-614) requires that the President adopt “standards for assessing and enhancing the seismic safety of existing buildings constructed for or leased by the Federal Government” by 1 Dec. 1994. The act directs the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC) to develop these standards. This paper describes the process used to develop the required standard and presents a summary of the proposed draft standard currently being balloted by the ICSSC.
building technology, earthquake, evaluation, Federal buildings, rehabilitation, seismic, seismic safety, standards
Research structural engineer, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD