In Residential Guide to Earthquake Design and Construction - Part 1 , you'll learn ...
- The seismic design categories established by the International Residence Code (IRC)
- Earthquake-resistance requirements of the IRC
- The IRC's requirements for foundations and foundation walls constructed from concrete and masonry
- The IRC's requirements for woodframe floor systems and concrete slab-on-grade floors
Credit: 5 PDH
Length: 78 pages
This course provides information on current best practices for earthquake-resistant house design and construction. It explains the effects of earthquake loads on one- and two-family detached houses and identifies the requirements of the IRC intended to resist these loads. The purpose of this course is to familiarize engineers with the basic principles of earthquake-resistant design for residential construction.
In order for a structure to fair well during and after an earthquake, adequate construction is required. Because the building code requirements in the IRC are minimums, a house and its contents still may be damaged in an earthquake even if it was designed and built to comply with the code. Research has shown, however, that earthquake damage to a house can be reduced for a relatively small increase in construction cost. Hence, this course identifies several above-code techniques for improving earthquake performance.
A typical model house is used to illustrate the concepts discussed and to identify approximate deflections under earthquake loading, which permits performance to be compared for various building configurations using the minimum code requirements and the above-code techniques.
Upcoming start dates
- Self-paced Online
Who should attend?
Certificate of Completion
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a multiple-choice quiz consisting of 25 questions. PDH credits are not awarded until the course is completed and quiz is passed.
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Introduction to the IRC and IRC's seismic design categories
- Earthquake-resistance requirements
- IRC general earthquake limitations
- Load paths for earthquake and wind loads
- House configuration irregularities
- General foundation requirements
- Concrete and masonry foundations
- Special soil considerations
- Foundation resistance to sliding from lateral loads
- Foundation walls: thickness, height, and required reinforcing
- Required anchorage for interior and exterior walls
- General floor construction requirements
- Wood-framed floor systems
- Cantilevered floor systems
- Structural floor sheathing
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