Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center

Explaining the Seismic Performance Presented in the California Building Code

One of the challenges in the earthquake policy field is bridging the public’s expectation of the intent of the California Building Code seismic provisions with respect to building performance.  In other words, what might a building look like after an earthquake if the building were designed to the current code?  What might an existing older building that was retrofitted to code look like after an earthquake?

The SSC is funding the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center (PEER) to create an educational document targeted to the general public.  The final product will be a concise, clear and focused final report, along with an electronic file of a single sheet, double-sided, color info-graphic handout suitable for dissemination to the public.

The intent of this educational document is not to develop a compendium of all information known about the California Building Code, but specific findings related to the objectives identified above.  Details will be provided in appendices to the report and by reference to other sources of information.

PEER will work cooperatively with a variety of organizations, companies and governmental entities to synthesize and analyze results obtained regarding the expectations of seismic behavior of buildings and their contents, when designed to the provisions of the current California Building Code.  Topic areas that will be studied include earthquake effects on the built environment when designed to the current Building Code, and a general discussion of socio-economic impacts and expectations.

This project will be completed in the late spring of 2018.  More information on PEER research can be found here.