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Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned and Leased Buildings - ICSSC Recommended Practice 8 (RP 8)

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Author(s)

William Holmes, David Bonowitz, James Cagley, Chris Poland

Abstract

In response to Public Law 101-614 and Executive Order 12941, the Interagency Committee on Seismic Safety in Construction (ICSSC) issued two editions of Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned and Leased Buildings as Recommended Practice 4 and 6 (RP 4 and RP 6) in 1994 and 2002, respectively. Like the earlier reports, this 2011 edition, RP 8, provides Federal agencies with minimum and extended standards for the evaluation and mitigation of seismic risks posed by their building inventories. The minimum acceptable performance objective for Federal buildings, when evaluation is triggered, is based on life safety in a large earthquake. This document also defines a higher occupancy-based objective for certain facilities and contemplates an operations-based objective for mission-critical facilities. ASCE/SEI 31-03, Seismic Evaluation of Existing Buildings, and ASCE/SEI 41-06, Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Buildings, in conjunction with ASCE/SEI 7-05, Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures, as modified by Part 1 of the 2009 NEHRP Recommended Seismic Provisions for New Buildings and Other Structures (FEMA P-750), provides the basis for defining these performance objectives, evaluation procedures, and, if necessary, mitigation criteria. This edition of the Standards identifies situations that trigger application of the Standards, preliminary and detailed evaluation procedures, and mitigation requirements for the safety-based and occupancy-based performance levels – Life Safety and Immediate Occupancy.
Citation
Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR) - 11-917-12
Report Number
11-917-12

Keywords

NEHRP, BSSC, ICSSC, Federal Buildings

Citation

Holmes, W. , Bonowitz, D. , Cagley, J. and Poland, C. (2011), Standards of Seismic Safety for Existing Federally Owned and Leased Buildings - ICSSC Recommended Practice 8 (RP 8), Grant/Contract Reports (NISTGCR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], https://tsapps.nist.gov/publication/get_pdf.cfm?pub_id=915493 (Accessed February 27, 2024)
Created December 14, 2011, Updated February 19, 2017