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 performance-based tools, guidelines, and standards for designing buildings to resist earthquake effects, improve building safety, and enhance disaster resilience of buildings, infrastructure, and communities.
The objective of this program is to develop and deploy advances in measurement science related to earthquake engineering, including performance-based tools, guidelines, and standards for designing buildings to resist earthquake effects, improve building safety, and enhance disaster resilience. The program fulfills the NIST applied research role in the statutory four-agency National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and involves in-house and extramural research concentrated in five major areas: technical support for building code development, performance-based seismic engineering, national design guideline development, evaluated technology knowledge dissemination, and evaluation and strengthening for existing buildings. The program also includes the statutory NIST role as the NEHRP Lead Agency to coordinate the research and implementation activities of the four NEHRP agencies – the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), NIST, the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the United States Geological Survey (USGS).
In addition to fulfilling statutory requirements, this program supports the Engineering Laboratory (EL) mission of promoting U.S. innovation and competitiveness by anticipating and meeting measurement science, standards, and technology needs of the U.S. building and fire safety industries in ways that enhance economic security and improve the quality of life. It also supports the EL core competency in resilience and reliability of structures subjected to multi-hazards, and provides knowledge transfer that is not well-supported by the fragmented U.S. construction industry.
Some recent accomplishments for the Earthquake Risk Reduction in Buildings and Infrastructure Program include:
Seismic hazard maps like this one are the basis for seismic design provisions of building codes, insurance rate structures, and land-use planning across the U.S.
Start Date:October 1, 2011
Lead Organizational Unit:el
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John R. Hayes, Jr., Director
National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP)