The severe socio-economic impact of recent earthquake events have further highlighted, on one hand,
the severe mismatch between societal expectations over the reality of seismic performance of modern
buildings, while confirming, on the other hand, the crucial need for a coordinated seismic risk
reduction plans at a national level.
Life Safety is not enough for modern societies; a paradigm shift in performance-based design criteria
and objective towards Damage Control, or low-damage, design philosophy and technologies is
The increased awareness by the general public/tenants, building owners, territorial authorities as well
as insurers/reinsurers, of the severe economic impacts of moderate-strong earthquakes in terms of
damage/dollars/downtime has indeed stimulated and facilitated the wider acceptance and
implementation of cost-efficient damage-control, or low-damage, technologies.
The ‘bar’ has been raised significantly with the request to fast track the development of what the
general public would refer to as the “ultimate” earthquake resisting (towards an earthquake proof?)
building system, capable of sustaining the shaking of a severe earthquake basically unscathed,.
This course will provide an overview of recent advances through extensive research, development
and implementation, carried out in the past twenty years, of an integrated low-damage building
system including: the skeleton of the superstructure, the non-structural components and the
interaction with the soil/foundation system.
Examples of real on site-applications of such technology in New Zealand, using concrete, timber
(engineered wood), steel or a combination of these materials, and featuring some of the latest
innovative technical solutions developed in the laboratory will be presented as comforting example
of successful transfer of performance-based seismic design approach and advanced technology from
theory to practice in line with the broader objective of Building Resilience.
19, 21, 23 October 2020