Wood Frame Single-Family House in Mid-South ,USA

From World Housing Encyclopedia

1. General Information

Report: 102

Building Type: Wood Frame Single-Family House in Mid-South

Country: United States of America

Author(s): Arzhang Alimoradi

Last Updated: 7/11/2004

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2. Features

Plan Shape:

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3. Building Process

Description of Building Materials

Structural Element Building Material (s) Comment (s)

Design Process

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Construction Process

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Building Codes and Standards

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Building Permits and Development Control Rules

Are building permits required?

Is this typically informal construction?

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Building Maintenance and Condition

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Who typically maintains buildings of this type?

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Construction Economics

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4. Socio-Economic Issues

Patterns of occupancy:

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Is earthquake insurance for this construction type typically available?:

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Are premium discounts or higher coverages available for seismically strengthened buildings or new buildings built to incorporate seismically resistant features?:

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5. Earthquakes

Past Earthquakes in the country which affected buildings of this type

Year Earthquake Epicenter Richter Magnitude Maximum Intensity

Past Earthquakes

Damage patterns observed in past earthquakes for this construction type:

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Structural and Architectural Features for Seismic Resistance

Structural/Architectural Feature Statement Seismic Resistance
Lateral load path The structure contains a complete load path for seismic force effects from any horizontal direction that serves to transfer inertial forces from the building to the foundation.
Building Configuration-Vertical The building is regular with regards to the elevation. (Specify in 5.4.1)
Building Configuration-Horizontal The building is regular with regards to the plan. (Specify in 5.4.2)
Roof Construction The roof diaphragm is considered to be rigid and it is expected that the roof structure will maintain its integrity, i.e. shape and form, during an earthquake of intensity expected in this area.
Floor Construction The floor diaphragm(s) are considered to be rigid and it is expected that the floor structure(s) will maintain its integrity during an earthquake of intensity expected in this area.
Foundation Performance There is no evidence of excessive foundation movement (e.g. settlement) that would affect the integrity or performance of the structure in an earthquake.
Wall and Frame Structures-Redundancy The number of lines of walls or frames in each principal direction is greater than or equal to 2.
Wall Proportions Height-to-thickness ratio of the shear walls at each floor level is: Less than 25 (concrete walls); Less than 30 (reinforced masonry walls); Less than 13 (unreinforced masonry walls);
Foundation-Wall Connection Vertical load-bearing elements (columns, walls) are attached to the foundations; concrete columns and walls are doweled into the foundation.
Wall-Roof Connections Exterior walls are anchored for out-of-plane seismic effects at each diaphragm level with metal anchors or straps.
Wall Openings
Quality of Building Materials Quality of building materials is considered to be adequate per the requirements of national codes and standards (an estimate).
Quality of Workmanship Quality of workmanship (based on visual inspection of a few typical buildings) is considered to be good (per local construction standards).
Maintenance Buildings of this type are generally well maintained and there are no visible signs of deterioration of building elements (concrete, steel, timber).

Additional comments on structural and architectural features for seismic resistance:

Vertical irregularities typically found in this construction type:

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Seismic deficiency in walls:

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Seismic deficiency in roof and floors:

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Seismic Vulnerability Rating

For information about how seismic vulnerability ratings were selected see the Seismic Vulnerability Guidelines

High vulnerabilty Medium vulnerability Low vulnerability
Seismic vulnerability class

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6. Retrofit Information

Description of Seismic Strengthening Provisions

Structural Deficiency Seismic Strengthening

Additional comments on seismic strengthening provisions:

Has seismic strengthening described in the above table been performed?

Was the work done as a mitigation effort on an undamaged building or as a repair following earthquake damages?

Was the construction inspected in the same manner as new construction?

Who performed the construction: a contractor or owner/user? Was an architect or engineer involved?

What has been the performance of retrofitted buildings of this type in subsequent earthquakes?

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7. References


Name Title Affiliation Location Email
Arzhang Alimoradi Ph.D. Candidate of Earthquake Engineering The University of Memphis Department of Civil Engineering, Memphis, TN, 38152 United States of America arzhang@memphis.edu
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