Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned and Leased Buildings.
Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned
and Leased Buildings.
Cauffman, S. A.; Lew, H. S.
NISTIR 6762; 27 p. January 2002.
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seismic; safety; federal buildings; evaluation;
The seismic safety evaluation and mitigation standards,
Standards for Seismic Safety for Existing Federally
Owned and Leased Buildings, 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) and with the funding support of several ICSSC
member agencies. The intent of this document is to
provide Federal agencies with minimum and extended
standards for the evaluation and mitigation of seismic
hazards in their building inventories. This document
responds to Executive Order 12941 Sec. 4, which directs
the ICSSC to "...update the Standards at least every 5
years," and to "...update the Standards within 2 years
of the publication of the First Edition of FEMA's
guidelines for Seismic Rehabilitation of Buildings and
Commentary." Life-Safety is defined as the minimum
acceptable performance objective for Federal buildings.
This document further provides for an extended level of
perfomance, Immediate Occupancy, where required to meet
agency mission. FEMA 310, Handbook for the Seismic
Evaluation of Buildings - A Prestandard, and FEMA 356,
Prestandard and Commentary for the Seismic
Rehababilitation of Buildings, provide the basis for
defining these performance objectives and evaluation
criteria. Situations requiring an evaluation and if
necessary, mitigation, are identified. The Standards and
Commentary include: an identification of situations that
trigger application of the Standrds, preliminary and
detailed evaluation procedures, and mitigation
requirements for the two performance objectives,
Life-Safety and Immediate Occupancy.