Building Seismic Safety Council NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions Update

2020 NEHRP Provisions Update Committee (PUC)

The NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures embodies the state-of-knowledge criteria for the design and construction of buildings subject to earthquake hazards. The techniques and technologies contained in this resource document are diffused into several national standards, including the American Society of Civil Engineers ASCE-7 Design Standard for Minimum Loads that are referenced by the model building codes developed by the International Code Council (ICC).

The Provisions are developed by the Provisions Update Committee (PUC) a technical committee of seismic experts that identify and apply the most advanced seismic technology available. The committee is supported by expert issue teams (ITs) that address specific aspects of seismic design methodology and construction. These committee and team members ensure that lessons learned from the building performance during the earthquakes, as well as new research to improve earthquake resistance, are reflected in state-of-the-art seismic requirements. The ITs develop proposals for requirements that are balloted by the PUC according to BSSC’s consensus process, and subsequently balloted by the member organizations.

PUC Committee Members


Name Organization Role
David Bonneville Degenkolb Engineers Chair
Peter Carrato Bechtel Power Corporation Member
Kelly Cobeen Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates Member
C.B. Crouse AECOM Member
Dan Dolan Washington State University Member
Anindya Dutta Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Member
S.K. Ghosh S.K. Ghosh Associates Member
John Gillengerten John Gillengerten Member
Ron Hamburger Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Member
Jim Harris James Harris & Associates Member
William Holmes Rutherford & Chekene Member
John Hooper Magnusson Klemencic Associates Member
Gyimah Kasali Rutherford & Chekene Member
Charles Kircher Charles Kircher & Associates Member
Philip Line American Wood Council Member
Bret Lizundia Rutherford & Chekene Member
James Malley Degenkolb Engineers Member
Bonnie Manley American Iron and Steel Institute Member
Robert Pekelnicky Degenkolb Engineers Member
Rafael Sabelli Walter P. Moore Member
John Silva Hilti Member
Greg Soules Chicago Bridge and Iron Company Member
Jonathan Stewart University of California Los Angeles Member
Nico Luco U.S. Geological Survey USGS Liaison
Sanaz Rezaeian U.S. Geological Survey USGS Liaison
Steven McCabe National Institute of Standards and Technology NIST Liaison
Jason Collins PCS Structural Solutions Corresponding Member
Adrian Rodrigues-Merak Virginia Tech Corresponding Member

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PUC Meetings

PUC Issue Teams (ITs)

BSSC Member Organizations

The Member Organizations (MOs) of the National Institute of Building Sciences Building Seismic Safety Council (BSSC) support the development of the 2020 NEHRP Recommended Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures, which is intended for adoption into  ASCE/SEI 7-22 and IBC 2024. The MOs will participate in the Provisions development process by balloting change proposals that are passed in Provisions Update Committee (PUC) ballots and approved by the BSSC Board of Direction.




American Concrete Institute

Khaled Nahlawi

American Institute of Architects

Perry Haviland/ Paul Karrer

American Institute of Steel Construction

Larry Kruth

American Iron and Steel Institute

Bonnie Manley

American Society of Civil Engineers

Jennifer Goupil

American Wood Council

Bradford Douglas

APA – The Engineered Wood Association

Thomas Skaggs

Applied Technology Council

Jim Cagley


Robert Simmons

Builiding Owners and Managers Association

John Catlett

California Department of General Services - Division of the State Architect

Diane Gould

Concrete Masonry Association of California and Nevada

Kurt Siggard

Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute

Mike Mota

Department of Veterans Affairs

Juan Archilla

General Services Administration

William Earl

Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety

Remington Brown

International Code Council

Mike Pfeiffer

Metal Building Manufacturers Association

Lee Shoemaker

National Association of Homebuilders

Gary Ehrlich

National Concrete Masonry Association

Brian Roye

National Council of Structural Engineers Associations

Kevin Moore

Portland Cement Association

Steve Kosmatka

Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute

Jason Krohn

Rack Manufacturers Institute

Victor Azzi

Steel Deck Institute

Robert Paul

Structural Engineer Association of Washington

Tom Xia

Structural Engineers Association of California

Don Schinske

Structural Engineers Association of Central California

David Palmer

Structural Engineers Association of Colorado

Rob Jackson

Structural Engineers Association of Illinois

Jon Sfura

Structural Engineers Association of Kansas & Missouri

F. Alan Wiley

Structural Engineers Association of Northern California

Ken Miles

Structural Engineers Association of San Diego

Heather Caya

Structural Engineers Association of Southern California

Dianne Ochoa

Structural Engineers Association of Utah

Philip Miller

The Masonry Society

Philip Samblanet

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