Seismic Design of Non-Structural Building Components in the United States.
Seismic Design of Non-Structural Building Components in
the United States.
Taylor, A. W.; Phan, L. T.
Wind and Seismic Effects, 29th Joint Meeting of
U.S./Japan Panel. Proceedings. U.S./Japan Government
Cooperative Program on Natural Resources (UJNR).
Technical Memorandum of PWRI No. 3524. May 13-16, 1997,
Tsukuba, Japan, 245-259 pp, 1997.
building codes; building technology; earthquakes;
earthquake engineering; nonstructural component; seismic
design suspended ceilings
Seismic design requirements for nonstructural building
components of five major building codes, including the
1994 Uniform Building Code, the 1994 Standard Building
Code, the 1994 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for Seismic
Regulations for New Buildings, the New Zealand Building
Code, and nonstructural provisions used in Japan, were
reviewed in this study. Comparisons of codes reveal wide
variation in seismic force and displacement requirements
for nonstructural components, both in terms of levels of
stringency and levels of details. The difference in
seismic force requirements between the most and least
stringent codes can be more than five times.