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NEHRP Office

Welcome

NIST is designated by Congress as the Lead Agency for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). This Office supports the NEHRP Secretariat Office, which coordinates the NEHRP research and implementation activities for the four NEHRP agencies – the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NIST, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the US Geological Survey (USGS). 

The four NEHRP agencies work in close coordination to improve the Nation's understanding of earthquake hazards and to mitigate their effects. The missions of the four agencies are complementary, and the agencies work together to improve our understanding, characterization, and assessment of hazards and vulnerabilities; improve model building codes and land use practices; reduce risks through post-earthquake investigations and education; improve design and construction techniques; improve the capacity of government at all levels and the private sector to reduce and manage earthquake risk; and accelerate the application of research results. All four agencies are responsible for coordinating program activities with similar activities in other countries.

For more information on the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, go to http://www.nehrp.gov/.

Programs/Projects

Assessment of Design Methods in Existing PBSD Standards Project—The project continues the assessment of the applicability and accuracy of adopting first-generation Performance Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE) analysis methods that were developed for evaluating …

Lateral Force-Resisting Structural Elements and Systems Project—This project provides experimentally validated structural behavior models for refining key seismic design provisions in U.S. model building codes and standards that are used for designing lateral …

TechBrief Guidance for Evaluated Technologies Project—The NIST TechBrief report series consists of individual report volumes - topical, tightly written, and well-illustrated discussions that address practical problems faced by engineering design and …

National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) Coordination Project—NIST has been designated by Congress as the Lead Agency for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP). This project supports the NEHRP Lead Agency coordination of NEHRP research and …

Performance-Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE) for New Buildings Project—Structural collapse demand and capacity are not clearly defined or directly simulated in current Performance-Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE) methodology. Collapse is currently "assessed" …

Earthquake Risk Reduction in Buildings and Infrastructure Program—The objective of the Earthquake Risk Reduction in Buildings and Infrastructure Program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science related to earthquake engineering, including …

Seismic Analysis and Design Procedures in Existing Standards Project—This project provides proposed refinement of key prescriptive seismic provisions in U.S. model building codes and standards concerning: approximate structural period relationships; lateral force …

Seismic Response of Reinforced Concrete Walls Project—This project includes two critical problem-focused tasks in Performance Based Seismic Engineering (PBSE): (1) the evaluation of reinforced concrete wall models used in high-fidelity nonlinear …

 
Contact

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John R. Hayes, Jr., Director
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP)
john.hayes@nist.gov