Performance of wood-frame building construction in earthquakes by J. H. Rainer

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Published by Forintek Canada Corp. in Vancouver .

Written in English

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  • Earthquake resistant design.,
  • Wooden-frame buildings.

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Other titlesWood-frame building construction in earthquakes
StatementJ. Hans Rainer, Erol Karacabeyli.
SeriesSpecial publication -- no. SP- 40, Special publication (Forintek Canada Corp.) -- no. SP-40.
ContributionsKaracabeyli, Erol., Forintek Canada Corp.
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Paginationvii, 28 p. :
Number of Pages28
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL19168314M

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Basis that, “Wood-frame buildings are known to perform well in earthquakes.” 3 These Performance of wood-frame building construction in earthquakes book of the ability of wood-frame construction to perform well in the face of earth-quakes are based on several researched and docu-mented wood building system characteristics.

“Wood-frame buildings are known to perform well in earthquakes.” 3. 1 Visiting Scientist, Forintek Canada Corp., East Mall, Vancouver, B.C. V6T 1W5. 2 Wood Engineering Scientist, Forintek Canada Corp., East Mall, Vancouver, B.C.

V6T 1W5. PERFORMANCE OF WOOD-FRAME CONSTRUCTION IN EARTHQUAKES J. Hans RAINER1 And Erol KARACABEYLI2 SUMMARY The performance of wood-frame construction is reviewed for some earthquakes. Earthquake-resistant or aseismic structures are designed to protect buildings to some or greater extent from no structure can be entirely immune to damage from earthquakes, the goal of earthquake-resistant construction is to erect structures that fare better during seismic activity than their conventional counterparts.

According to building codes, earthquake-resistant. The majority of single-family dwellings in the United States are light-frame wood construction.

Residential construction practices have evolved gradually over the years, most light-frame wood structures have not been structurally engineered, and many residential buildings suffered significant damage in recent hurricane and earthquake by: The traditional wood frame Ikra construction of Assam and houses of Nicobars founded on wooden piles separated from ground have performed very well during earthquakes.

Wood houses are generally suitable up to two storeys. Reinforced Concrete Buildings during Earthquakes. This type of construction consists of shear walls and frames of concrete. However, with the elevated awareness of wood frame vulnerability prompted by the Northridge earthquake, subsequent editions of building codes and construction standards for wood frame construction became mandatory in a growing number of jurisdictions throughout the country.

ASCE 7 groups wood-frame seismic-force-resisting systems (Table in ASCE ) accordingly: bearing walls, building frames and cantilevered columns. Three seismic-force-resisting coefficients are used to gauge the performance of these systems, helping designers and engineers select the right one for their application.

framing in the construction of houses. However, to provide this efficient wood house, good construction details are important as well as the selection of mate^ rials for each specific use.

Three essentials to be considered in building a satis- factory house are: (1) An efficient plan, (2) suitable materials, and (3) sound construction. The. importance relative to the overall performance of wood-framed construction cannot be overemphasized.

The basic components and assemblies of a conventional wood frame home are shown in Figure ; the reader is referred to Chapter 1 for more detailed references to house framing and related construction details. interval throughout a building. HEAVY TIMBER. relates to fire resistance and is specifically defined as a construction type—Type IV—within the International Building Code (IBC).

Buildings with mass timber and timber-frame systems can be used within the heavy timber category if the minimum sizes specified for Type IV construction are met. Construction of a five-story, wood-frame apartment building. How to Cite This Publication NIST (). Seismic design of wood light-frame structural diaphragm systems: A guide for practicing engineers, NIST GCRprepared by the Applied Technology Council for the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD.

Lesson: While historically the engineering community has given limited attention to earthquake performance of wood light-frame construction, the combined lessons of the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes dramatically demonstrated that this building type can experience performance far below our historical expectations with.

As with any issue of building performance, the acoustics of a mixed-use wood-frame structure can be designed to meet or exceed minimal requirements, depending on the expectations of the developer, buyers and tenants. For wall systems, sound isolation can be accomplished in two ways.

One is to use partitions with a high mass (75 pounds per. In North America, where wood-frame construction is common, loss of life due to earthquakes has been relatively low compared to other regions of the world.2 The relative good performance of wood buildings is often attributed to the following characteristics: Lightweight.

Wood-frame buildings tend to be lightweight, reducing seismic forces. Years of research and building code development have proven that wood-frame construction can be configured to meet or exceed the most demanding earthquake design requirements. The key is understanding the effects of lateral loads on wood framing systems, and how construction detailing and fasteners affect the ultimate performance of a structure.

In North America, where wood-frame construction is common, loss of life due to earthquakes has been relatively low compared to other regions of the world.

2 The relative good performance of wood buildings is often attributed to the following characteristics: Lightweight. Wood-frame buildings tend to be lightweight, reducing seismic forces. To determine whether a building is wood frame, knock on the siding-it will sound hollow.

Sometimes, wood frame buildings have a real masonry veneer which can "peel off" in earthquakes. If you have such veneer on your house, contact an architect or civil or structural engineer for a detailed investigation.

Timber framed buildings are generally a lot safer in an earthquake. Masonry is heavy and brittle and fails catastrophically when the earthquake loads are high enough, while timber deforms and flexes, but seldom collapses even in failure.

Masonry b. Building Code (IBC) allows wood-frame construction for five stories and more in building occupancies that range from business and mercantile to multi-family, military, senior, student and affordable housing. “Once designers know that wood offers all the required safety and structural performance capabilities and meets code requirements for.

building. Load-bearing wall systems of any construction type can and should be considered as part of building framing discussions. As such, load-bearing wall systems are presented in this chapter.

While buildings are constructed from the ground up. Wood-Frame Construction, consists of three parts that discuss how earthquakes affect wood-framed construction, including specifics regarding their earth-quake-resisting elements, and identifies construction features required for good seismic performance.

Part A provides an overview of how earthquakes affect wood-frame construction. In many modern high-rise buildings, engineers use core-wall construction to increase seismic performance at lower cost. In this design, a reinforced concrete core runs through the heart of the structure, surrounding the elevator banks.

For extremely tall buildings, the core wall can be quite substantial -- at least 30 feet in each plan direction and 18 to 30 inches thick. Indeed, the last major temblor to hit an American urban area, the Northridge quake of in the Los Angeles area, prompted a re-evaluation of building codes when wood-frame.

reduced building stiffness of the lateral system (Minor ). Protecting this investment from natural disasters such as high wind and earthquakes is an important task for builders/engineers. The performance of the home under such events depends largely on the performance the main lateral force resisting system (Ni et al.

Discuss seismic-resistive design requirements for wood-frame buildings with a focus on compliance with the IBC and ASCE Explain the analysis procedure commonly used for determining seismic design loads of wood frame buildings in the U.S.

Describe the two most common wood-frame seismic force-resisting systems. Wood-Frame Construction, consists of three parts that discuss how earthquakes affect wood-framed construction, including specifics regard-ing their earthquake-resisting elements, and identifies construction features required for good seismic performance.

This Part A provides a brief overview of how earthquakes affect wood-frame construction and. other natural disasters affect building performance. The lab’s state-of-the-art testing equipment can recreate the magnitude of such earthquakes as the Loma Prieta quake in California, which measured on the Richter scale.

The testing and research being conducted is helping to advance product development and improve building. that may result from the effects of earthquakes on existing wood-frame, multiunit residential buildings. The ground The building performance level that includes significant damage to both new construction in accordance with the building code.

AVerticaldistributionofforces. Light-frame wood residential construction in the United States traditionally has been non-engineered. There is an obvious need to develop new concepts, methodologies and design practices to assess and enhance the performance of wood frame construction during earthquakes.

above-code measures for improved earthquake performance along with their associated costs. A typical modern house is used to illustrate the application and benefits of above-code measures. This manual replaces the Home Builders Guide to Seismic Resistant Construction (FEMA ) published by FEMA in August as well as earlier FEMA and HUD.

Allowable or design unit shear values for gypsum wall board sheathing range from 75 to plf in current building codes, depending on the construction and fastener spacing. At least one building code requires the values to be reduced by 50 percent in high-hazard seismic design areas (ICBO, ). earthquakes are more frequent and violent than anywhere else in the United States, the prudent homeowner will take necessary precautions to protect against loss.

Building with steel should be considered at the top of the list. PERFORMANCE OF STEEL FRAMED HOUSES DURING AN EARTHQUAKE Join the Steel Framing Alliance.

Call Dr. Thang Dao, UA assistant professor of civil, construction and environmental engineering, hopes to combine two methods of constructing tall wood buildings to yield a new system that could lead to wood-framed buildings of eight to 12 stories that withstand earthquakes better than current methods, which top out at seven stories.

The tower is the largest wood-frame building ever built and tested. “Early results of the testing this summer show that the building performed so well and had so little damage that it validated the design philosophy developed by Colorado State, other universities in the National Science Foundation’s Network for Earthquake Engineering.

Prior to retrofit, the design of Mitchell Earth Sciences building, completed inwas representative of good s seismic construction. Since it was designed just before the widespread implementation of important new code recommendations, the structure was later found to be deficient in comparison to modern seismic design.

In the Hatıl construction, horizontal timbers embedded into bearing wall masonry ().Many buildings with hatıl construction system in which the main materials of construction are stone with mud mortar and slightly wood were also damaged during the Turkey’s small recent earthquakes (July 2, Doğubeyazıt, Ma Erzurum earthquakes).

Students learn about factors that engineers take into consideration when designing buildings for earthquake-prone regions. Using online resources and simulations available through the Earthquakes Living Lab, students explore the consequences of subsurface ground type and building height on seismic destruction.

Working in pairs, students think like engineers to apply what they have. The questions on the performance of wood-frame buildings add another dimension to earthquake preparedness in B.C.

and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Advertisement Story continues below. Several studies have been conducted after these events which record building performance and failure mechanisms for typical URM and retrofitted structures (Cattari et al. ;Dizhur et al. In general, yes. Particularly if the wooden house has normal earthquake reinforcing.

This is mostly because unlike concrete, you cannot break wood by shaking it. As long as it doesn’t tip over or come apart it will remain intact. Concrete houses c. performance of existing buildings. This series also guides you through obtaining a building permit to retrofit a wood-frame residential building using the plan's simplified construction methods.

The information series consists of three booklets: (1) The Overview summarizes the information contained in each of the series booklets, provides.International Code Council (ICC) Building Valuation Data is an effective way to compare the average cost of buildings, which, as shown in Tables 2 through 4, varies widely by construction type.

Table 3 highlights the difference between Type IIA, which is typically steel or concrete, and IIIA, which is typically noted, both have the same allowable heights and areas, but the.Mechanical Properties and Seismic Performance of Wood-Concrete Composite Blocks for Building Construction Article (PDF Available) in Materials 12(9) May with Reads.

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