FEMA 451 NEHRP Recommended Provisions: Design Examples; companion to FEMA 450  


This volume of design examples is intended for those experienced structural designers who are relatively new to the field of earthquake-resistant design and to application of seismic requirements of the NEHRP (National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program) Recommended Provisions for Seismic Regulations for New Buildings and Other Structures and, by extension, the model codes and standards because the Provisions are the source of seismic design requirements in most of those documents including ASCE 7, Standard Minimum Design Loads for Buildings and Other Structures; the International Building Code; and the NFPA 5000 Building Construction and Safety Code.

This compilation of design examples is an expanded version of an earlier document (entitled Guide to Application of the NEHRP Recommended Provisions, FEMA 140) and reflects the expansion in coverage of the Provisions and the expanding application of the Provisions concepts in codes and standards. The widespread use of the NEHRP Recommended Provisions signals the success of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and Building Seismic Safety Council efforts to ensure that the nation’s building codes and standards reflect the state of the art of earthquake-resistant design.