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A Methodology for Seismic Design and Construction and Single-Family Dwellings

Release Date: 
September 1976 (512)
Posted Date:   
February 7, 2012

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This report presents the results of an in-depth effort to develop design and construction practices for single-family residences that minimize the potential economic loss and the lifeloss risk associated with earthquakes. The report:

  • Discusses the ways structures behave when subjected to seismic forces;
  • Sets forth suggested design criteria for conventional layouts of dwellings constructed of conventional materials;
  • Presents construction details that do not require the designer to perform analytical calculations;
  • Suggests procedures for efficient plan-checking; and
  • Presents recommendations including details and schedules for use in the field by construction personnel and building inspectors.