Strengthening commercial and public buildings

Like residential buildings, strengthening of commercial and public buildings is primarily concerned with improving the connections between structural elements, increasing the structure’s capacity to resist seismic loads and improving the connections between non-structural elements and the main structure.

Unlike residential buildings, where seismic strengthening improvements to existing buildings are voluntary, commercial and public buildings can pose a significantly greater risk to the public during an earthquake. Therefore, all buildings, not just new builds, are required to comply with a minimum level of seismic performance.

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