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Home Builder’s Guide to Seismic Resistant Construction (FEMA 232)

FEMAThis illustrated guide encourages homeowners and builders of one- and two-family residences to employ construction practices that provide resistance to damage from earthquakes. The guide presents background information on the principles of seismic resistance and how earthquake forces impact conventional residential construction and more detailed information on architectural considerations (site selection, foundation and foundation details, floors, shear walls, and roofs). Also included are discussions of masonry and stone elements, examples of typical floor plans for earthquake resistant one- and two-story homes, excerpts of seismic requirements from building codes, and checklists for home builders. (13.7MB pdf)

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