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Earthquake Engineering Group

Develops, advances, and deploys measurement science for earthquake hazards reduction for buildings and infrastructure lifelines in ways that enhance public safety, community resilience, and economic security.

The Earthquake Engineering Group carries out mission functions as lead federal agency for the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program (NEHRP) and to improve codes, standards, and practices for buildings and lifelines; support development and commercial application of cost effective and affordable performance-based seismic engineering tools; and conduct disaster and failure studies to reduce the risk of earthquake hazards to buildings, lifelines, fire protection systems, and building occupants.   Carries out measurement science research and services to support mission functions as may be necessary; promotes implementation of earthquake risk reduction measures; supports national construction safety teams; and leads planning, coordination, and other statutory functions for NEHRP. 

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News and Updates

NIST Names Two to Earthquake Advisory Board

A public health expert and a sociologist have been appointed by Willie May, acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and acting director

Projects and Programs

NEHRP Extramural Research

Research performed by the EL Earthquake Engineering Group (2EG) consists of a combination of in-house and extramural research. Policy related work is awarded to


Application of ASCE 41 to a two-story CFS building

Matthew S. Speicher, Zhidong Zhang, Benjamin W. Schafer
The objective of this paper is to summarize the evaluation results from applying the updated performance-based seismic design provisions: ASCE 41-17, on a cold