Alternative Procedure for Seismic Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings

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(Last Updated On: December 16, 2017)
 
The intent of the document is to provide a performance-based approach for seismic design and analysis of tall buildings with predictable and safe performance when subjected to earthquake ground motions. These provisions result in more accurate identification of relevant demands on tall buildings. As such, the application of the procedure contained in this document is expected to result in buildings that effectively and reliably resist earthquake forces.

Seismic design of buildings in accordance with these guidelines can offer a number of 
advantages including:
• More reliable attainment of intended seismic performance
• Reduced construction cost
• Elimination of some code prescriptive design requirements
• Accommodation of architectural features that may not otherwise be attainable
• Use of innovative structural systems and materials

Notwithstanding these potential advantages, engineers contemplating a building design using this 
document shall give due consideration to the fact that appropriate implementation of these recommendations requires an in-depth understanding of ground shaking hazards, structural materials behavior and nonlinear dynamic structural response.
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Alternative Procedure for Seismic Analysis and Design of Tall Buildings
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