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Guidelines and Procedures for Implementation of the Executive Order on Seismic Safety of New Construction.


pdf icon Guidelines and Procedures for Implementation of the Executive Order on Seismic Safety of New Construction. (16365 K)
Todd, D. R.; Bieniawski, A. S.

NISTIR 4852; ICSSSC RP 2.1-A; 26 p. June 1992.

Sponsor:

Federal Emergency Management Agency, Washington, DC

Available from:

National Technical Information Service
Order number: PB92-205343

Keywords:

building construction; earthquakes; safety; agency seismic safety coordinator; earthquake hazard; Executive Order on Seismic Safety; Federal agencies; guidelines; new construction; seismic safety; seismic design

Abstract:

Executive Order 12699, "Seismic Safety of Federal and Federally Assisted or Regulated New Building Construction", was signed by the President to further the goals of Public Law 95-124, the "Earthquake Hazards Reduction Act of 1977", as amended. These guidelines and procedures for implementing the Order have been prepared and endorsed by consensus of the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction. The Executive Order applies only to new construction. All buildings owned, leased constructed, assisted (through such methods as loans, grants, or guarantees of loans), or regulated by the Federal government must conform to the requirements of the Order. Each Federal agency is independently responsible for ensuring appropriate seismic design and construction standards are applied to new construction under its purview. These guidelines recommend that each agency name an agency seismic safety coordinator to serve as a focal point for the agency's seismic safety program. Guidelines for determining the adequacy of local building codes are provided. Recommended implementation procedures include requiring written acknowledgement of agency seismic design and construction requirements from the building architect, engineer, contractor, and/or owner.