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Concrete Research Council Announces Update of Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings

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Farmington Hills, Mich. (June 7, 2017) –The ACI Foundation’s Concrete Research Council (CRC) is pleased to announce a completed update of Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings. The original Guidelines for Performance-Based Seismic Design of Tall Buildings was published in 2010. Developed by the Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center as part of the Tall Buildings Initiative (TBI) and thus widely known as the TBI Guidelines, the document provides a performance-based design procedure for earthquake-resistant tall buildings as an alternative to the prescriptive design procedures incorporated by reference into the International Building Code, including those in ASCE/SEI 7, Minimum Design Loads For Buildings and Other Structures.

Since the initial publication of the TBI Guidelines, structural engineers have gained substantial experience in the application of performance-based techniques for the design of buildings around the world. Significant advances have also been made in nonlinear analytical capability and in defining ground motions for use in nonlinear seismic analysis. The updated TBI Guidelines will facilitate the most up-to-date performance-based design, review, acceptance, and construction of buildings using current materials, structural systems, and devices.

The team that produced the update was led by Jack Moehle, University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, and Ron Hamburger, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger. The project was supported by ACI Committee 318, Structural Concrete Building Code, specifically Subcommittee 318-H, Seismic Provisions. The ACI Foundation was a co-funder of this research project, along with the Charles Pankow Foundation, American Institute of Steel Construction, Federal Emergency Management Agency, Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers, and the Structural Engineers Association of California.



The ACI Foundation was established in 1989 to promote progress, innovation, and collaboration and is a wholly owned and operated nonprofit subsidiary of the American Concrete Institute. Three councils make up the ACI Foundation: the Strategic Development Council, committed to resolving the issues of new technology acceptance within the concrete industry; the Concrete Research Council, which funds and assists in the research of new concrete technologies; and the Scholarship Council, which facilitates student fellowships and scholarships.

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