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Action Plan for Performance Based Seismic Design (FEMA 349)


FEMA This document, published as a final draft for informational purposes only, explores the steps required to successfully implement performance-based seismic design (PBSD). Topics discussed include the need for changes in current seismic design practice, the definition of performance-based design, and the products necessary for its effective adoption. The costs involved in obtaining both a basic framework and full implementation for PBSD are outlined.