Presentation: If my house was designed according to the Building Code, what can I expect during in earthquake?

Mon, Mar 28, 2022 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm


by Dr. Carlos Estuardo Ventura

Professor of Civil Engineering and Director of EERF

The University of British Columbia

Summary:

Earthquakes during the last three decades have shown that the expectations on the performance of buildings designed according a building code during severe earthquakes are different that those from the designers.  Performance of a building during an earthquake can be interpreted in different ways, and for a home-owner it is very important to have a clear understanding of what a “code-designed” building means.  A “code-designed” building is considered as an “earthquake resistant” building, not an “earthquake-proof” building.  This presentation will help provide a better understanding of what a “code-designed” building means, and what kind of performance can be expected if a severe earthquake happens in the region.   The concept of Performance-Based Design will be explained, as this is the procedure that building codes will follow to ensure seismic resiliency of buildings in the near future.


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