A History of Building Code Development in CA: Semm Seminar

Seminar | March 5 | 12-1 p.m. | 502 Davis Hall

 Ronald Hamburger, SE, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

 Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE)

Cities and states adopt building codes to protect the public safety. In California this process initiated following the great earthquake of 1906. The primary purpose of early codes was to avoid mass loss of life, whether caused by building collapse or urban conflagration. Most building code requirements have been based on observation of poor performance, and development of rules intended to prevent construction with known vulnerabilities. As engineers became more adept at achieving life safety protection goals, society began to demand more. Today, engineers struggle to meet societal demands to design buildings that will provide immediate post-event occupancy. Mr. Hamburger will provide a brief overview of the development history and future trends in earthquake resistant building codes.