Economics of Protection Against Progressive Collapse. Final Report.
Economics of Protection Against Progressive Collapse.
Chapman, R. E.; Colwell, P. F.
NBSIR 74-542; September 1974.
Available from: National Technical Information Service
Order number: COM-75-10081/8
buildings; loads (forces); collapse; damage assessment;
casualties; walls; bearing strength; benefit cost
Public and government concern about the progressive
collapse of buildings caused by abnormal loading has
resulted in the development of draft standards to
provide protection against progressive collapse. From
society's viewpoint, standards for protection against
progressive collapse should result in a level of
protection which is more efficient (i.e., the net social
benefits from protection should be increased). An
economic model utilizing the principles of benefit-cost
analysis is developed which establishes a methodology
for determining the efficiency of various levels of
protection against progressive collapse. An application
of the model to a partial evaluation of a specific
standard demonstrates some of the capabilities of the
model. Recommendations are made for a complete
evaluation of this standard and for the further
refinement of the model.