The purpose of this course is to familiarize the engineer with the basic principles of earthquake-resistant design for residential construction. Adequate construction is required in order for a structure to fair well during and after an earthquake. This course will cover the general earthquake-resistance requirements in the International Residential Code, IRC, and requirements for foundation and floor construction.
In this course, the student will review Chapters 1-4 from “Homebuilders Guide to Earthquake Resistant Design and Construction”, FEMA 232 – June 2006 prepared by the Building Seismic Safety Council for the Federal Emergency Management Agency of the Department of Homeland Security.
The student must take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of twenty (20) questions at the end of this course to earn PDH credits.
SPECIFIC KNOWLEDGE OR SKILL OBTAINED
This course teaches the following specific knowledge and skills:
- Background & History
- Above-Code Recommendations
- International Residential Code & IRC Seismic Design Categories
- Building Response & Concepts Concerning Site
- Other Hazards including Coastal Hazards
- Earthquake Resistant Requirements
- IRC General Earthquake Limitations
- Load Path
- Lateral Capacities
- House Configuration Irregularities
- Foundation Requirements including Concrete Foundations & Masonry Foundations
- Special Soil Conditions
- Foundation Resistance to Sliding Loads
- Special Considerations for Cut & Fill Sites
- Foundation Design and Reinforcement
- Interior Braced Walls Anchoring
- Floor Design & Construction including Wood Frame, Cantilevered & Concrete Slab-On-Grade
- Requirements for Blocking
- Floor Sheathing
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
You will be able to immediately print a certificate of completion after passing a 20 question multiple-choice quiz. The quiz can be retaken unlimited times until a passing grade of 70% or better is earned. This course satisfies 5 professional development hours (PDH) of continuing education.