Building Seismic Safety Council Publications
  • BSSC Publications

    Development of the 2020 NEHRP Provisions
    ASCE/SEI 7-16 Adoption Report

    This report, prepared at the outset of the 2020 NEHRP Provisions development cycle, presents some important background on the NEHRP Provisions development process and summarizes the results of the first ballot in the 2020 development cycle to adopt ASCE/SEI 7-16 as the primary reference document for the Provisions. As a practice initiated with the 2009 edition of the Provisions, after adopting ASCE/SEI 7, the BSSC makes substantive recommendations for modification and improvement to the standard based on recent research and improvements in knowledge. In the 2015 NEHRP Provisions the BSSC developed significant modifications to ASCE/SEI 7-10, which were then adopted in ASCE/SEI 7-16. For the 2020 Provisions the BSSC has adopted ASCE/SEI 7-16 as the reference with the intent to make changes that will be reflected in ASCE/SEI 7-22. This report also summarizes some of the important changes made by the 2015 NEHRP Provisions that were adopted by ASCE/SEI 7-16 and a few changes that were further modified in the ASCE/SEI 7-16. Download the report.

  • 2015 NEHRP Provisions

    The following publications were prepared for the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency by the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council. All FEMA publications can also be ordered by calling FEMA Publications (800-480-2520). The publications are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs unless otherwise noted. PDF

    NEHRP Recommend Provisions NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures

  • Volume I: Part 1 Provisions, Part 2 Commentary, FEMA P-1050-1/2015 Edition

    Volume II: Part 3 Resource Papers, FEMA P-1050-2/2015 Edition

    The 2015 NEHRP Provisions was used as the primary resource for the professional design standard ASCE/SEI 7-16 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures referenced in the International Building Code (IBC).

  • Training and Education Materials

    The BSSC develops educational, training materials and explanatory information to support the customers of the NEHRP Provisions.TheProvisions provide in-depth and complete commentary on the seismic design requirements in the ASCE 7. The NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Design Examples, FEMA P-1051,based on the Provisions,are intended for those who are experienced structural designers, but are relatively new to the field of seismic design. The design examples explain the principles behind the Provisions and include types of structures, materials, and specific seismic load resisting elements that illustrate to the reader how to apply the new requirements and to handle critical issues when conducting seismic design of the specific structural system. Practitioners and academics also will find useful training and educational slides in FEMA P-1052. Seminars and workshops are intended be held based on the FEMA P-1052materials.

    The following publications were prepared for the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency by the National Institute of Building Sciences, Building Seismic Safety Council. All FEMA publications can also be ordered by calling FEMA Publications (800-480-2520). The publications are available as Adobe Acrobat PDFs unless otherwise noted.

    NEHRP Design ExamplesNEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Design Examples

  • 2015 NEHRP Provisions: Design Examples (FEMA P-1051)

    The NEHRP Recommended Provisions: Design Examples are written to illustrate and explain the applications of the 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for Buildings and Other Structures, ASCE 7-16 Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures and the material design standards referenced therein and to provide explanations to help understand them.

     

     NEHRP Training MaterialsNEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Training Materials

    2015 NEHRP Provisions: Training and Instructional Materials (FEMA P-1052) Part 1

    2015 NEHRP Provisions: Training and Instructional Materials (FEMA P-1052) Part 2

    2015 NEHRP Provisions: Training and Instructional Materials (FEMA P-1052) Part 3

    FEMA P-1052, 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Training and Instructional Materials, as one of the NEHRP Provisions’ supporting products, contains a set of slides for use with FEMA P-1051, 2015 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions: Design Examples. The training materials are developed in 18 chapters to provide background and complementary information for the corresponding design examples chapters.

    NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions Supporting Documents

    Issues and Research Needs Identified During the Development of the NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures

    Project 17 Preliminary Planning Report (Word)

    Seismic Factor Design Study

    Simplified Seismic Design Procedures Development Program

    In response to the demands from building officials and building designers for quick and simplified seismic design procedures, the BSSC addressed developing easily accessible simplified seismic design procedures. The objective of simplified design is to help structural engineers to quickly produce designs of targeted structural systems with equivalent or above code required seismic performance.

    Development of Simplified Seismic Design Procedures, Framework Report (September 2010)

    Simplified Code White Paper

    SDC-B Report


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