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Unreinforced Masonry Buildings - Background

Unreinforced Masonry



Other Earthquake and URM Information

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Seattle Earthquake Hazard Presentations

California URM Retrofit Programs

URM Policy Committee

The URM Policy Committee met to address these issues:

  • Threshold for retrofit requirement
  • When retrofit would be required
  • Timeline for compliance
  • Penalty or actions for noncompliance
  • Incentive options
  • How retrofits can be financed

Summary of Public Comment

See our Project Documents page for a complete list of agendas and meeting summaries.

Technical Committee

The URM Technical Committee made recommendations for:

  • The appropriate definition of “unreinforced masonry building”
  • Technical aspects of the mandatory retrofit program, including
    • The standard to which URM retrofits must comply
    • The size, location, and type of earthquake to be considered in developing the standard
    • Building elements to be addressed
    • Considerations for previously-retrofitted buildings; how to assess a building retrofitted to an earlier standard

The committee finished their work in 2010 and a final report is available with the proposed retrofit standard.

See our Project Documents page for a complete list of agendas and meeting summaries.

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