We evaluate the seismic performance of modern seismically designed wood light-frame (WLF) buildings, considering regional seismic hazard characteristics that influence ground motion duration and frequency content and, thus, seismic risk. Results show that WLF building response correlates strongly with ground motion spectral shape but weakly with duration. Due to the flatter spectral shape of ground motions from subduction events, WLF buildings at sites affected by these earthquakes may experience double the economic losses for a given intensity of shaking, and collapse capacities may be reduced by up to 50%, compared to those at sites affected by crustal earthquakes. These differences could motivate significant increases in design values at sites affected by subduction earthquakes to achieve the uniform risk targets of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) 7 standard.
|Title||Hazard-consistent seismic losses and collapse capacities for light-frame wood buildings in California and Cascadia|
|Authors||Robert Edward Chase, Abbie B. Liel, Nicolas Luco, Zach Bullock|
|Publication Subtype||Journal Article|
|Series Title||Bulletin of Earthquake Engineering|
|Record Source||USGS Publications Warehouse|
|USGS Organization||Geologic Hazards Science Center|