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The National Institute of Building Sciences; U.S. Green Building Council; The Stella Group, Ltd.; National Fire Protection Association; American Institute of Architects; EIFS Industry Members Association; American Council on Engineering Companies; International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials; American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers;Portland Cement Association; Geological Society of America; American Geophysical Union; and the American Society of Civil Engineers Invite You to a Public Briefing on

Earthquake Hazards and the Nation’s Buildings

Thursday, April 28, 2011
121 Cannon House Office Building
2:00 - 3:30 PM

In cooperation with:
Representatives Judy Biggert and Russ Carnahan
Co-Chairs, High Performance Building Congressional Caucus

Representative Zoe Lofgren and Senators Mary Landrieu, Lisa Murkowski and Ben Nelson
Co-Chairs, Congressional Hazards Caucus


Henry Green, President, National Institute of Building Sciences

John Hooper, Chair, ASCE 7 Subcommittee on Seismic Loads, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Presentation: Protecting Infrastructure: The Role of Standards (pdf)
Chris Poland, Chair, ASCE Standards Committee on Seismic Rehabilitation of Existing Structures, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Presenation: Understanding the Impacts of Earthquakes on Buildings and Mitigating Their Impacts (pdf)
Eric Berman, HAZUS Project Manager, Federal Emergency Management Agency
Presentation: What are the Risks? Predicting the Impact on Communities (pdf)

Overview: Following the recent string of earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, New Zealand, and Japan, questions regarding the ability of buildings in the U.S. to resist seismic activity have been raised. Lessons learned from earthquakes, other hazards, and ongoing research are incorporated into building codes and standards to mitigate potential hazards. The Multihazard Mitigation Council has identified that one dollar invested in hazard mitigation saves four dollars in future spending. This briefing will examine how these mitigation activities are incorporated into the design and construction of buildings and how communities can predict risk.

Please visit the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition for more information about this briefing and related information.

Contributed by Wilson Bonner, AGI Government Affairs Staff.

Posted June 13, 2011

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